In Florida, there are several strategies available to protect your savings and assets before you apply for Medicaid, as well as programs to offset the cost of Home Care, Assisted Living and Nursing Homes. The Florida Supreme Court has declared that Florida Medicaid planning activities shall only be performed by an attorney licensed by the Florida Bar. As such, it is important you consult with a Florida licensed attorney to ensure you are represented properly when applying for Florida Medicaid. Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) The Florida Department of Children and Families is a Florida state agency designed to assist those in need of government assistance. DCF assists people of all ages, ranging from infants and children to families and aging adults. DCF offers several programs in the Adult Medicaid category. To apply, DCF requires an application be completed. DCF will ask specific questions regarding your income and assets. The staff at Elder Law, P.A. is well-equipped to walk you through the steps to help you qualify for the needed benefits. Relevant DCF Programs Institutional Care Program (ICP) The monthly expenses for a Skilled Nursing Facility can be too high a cost for many families. When individuals are placed in Long Term Care at a Skilled Nursing Facility and are not able to afford the costs, DCF’s ICP program is able to assist. With the proper tools and planning, Elder Law, P.A. can assist you in qualifying and applying for the ICP benefit. Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) In lieu of nursing home placement, many families opt to keep their loved ones at home. Additionally, individuals able to perform their Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) can remain at an Assisted Living Facility of Independent Living. DCF’s Home and Community-Based Services program can help with living costs and/or care for individuals. These programs are offered to individuals based on a priority waiting list. Asset Protection Many people fear they cannot afford to pay out of pocket for many of the services required for their aging or disabled loved ones. Others worry that their hard-earned savings will be depleted quickly. Our attorneys at Elder Law, P.A. offer strategies that can help qualify an individual while preserving their current assets and crafting a plan tailored to each individual.