Paula James, Bureau Chief
(850) 414-2164
jamesp@elderaffairs.org

Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services (CARES)

CARES is Florida’s federally mandated nursing home pre-admission assessment program. CARES staff members, including registered nurses and assessors, perform medical needs assessments of individuals. These assessments are part of the process to assist elders in receiving appropriate services through local funding sources and/or Florida Medicaid.

The CARES staff members are responsible for determining the medical eligibility for individuals seeking Medicaid long-term care services.

Read more about the services provided by CARES.