Senior Services

Manatee County manages many grant funded programs to assist elderly residents. The programs enable seniors ages 60 and older to remain in their homes or the home of their caregiver.

Some programs require a co-pay based on a sliding fee scale developed by the state. For more information, call (941) 749-3030 or call the Manatee County Elder Helpline, (941) 742-5818.



The Elder Helpline is an information and referral line for anyone seeking information or services relating to Manatee County senior citizens.

The Manatee County Elder Helpline is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.  There is a voicemail system in place for after hours and holidays in which a person can leave a message and their call will be returned the next business day.

To reach the Manatee County Elder Helpline, simply call (941) 742-5818.

In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1 or the Department of Children and Families Abuse Registry at (800) 962-2873


Nursing home and Assisted Living care is avoided or delayed through use of the following services:

Case Management - Trained case managers link clients with needed services in the community, monitor the services, and periodically review clients' needs.

Homemaker - Service includes housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, laundry services, and shopping for groceries, medical supplies and incidentals.

Personal Care - Services are directed at preserving the health of the elderly by assisting with personal hygiene and dressing, changing of bed linens, and preparing small meals.

Emergency Alert Response - An electronic surveillance service that monitors homebound seniors by linking them to a communication response center, which responds to emergencies.

Home Delivered Meals - Furnishes a hot, nutritious noon-time meal delivered to the client's home.

Medical Transportation - Service available to elderly persons who are without a method of traveling to medical appointments.

Adult Day Care - Benefits adults who may be isolated and can profit from participation in a group setting.

Respite Care - Affords supervision and companionship in the home, for physically disabled or mentally impaired seniors. This program is designed to periodically relieve the primary caregiver.

Home Care for the Elderly - Supplies a stipend to elderly persons requiring 24 hour care to encourage provision of care for seniors in their home or their caregivers' home.

Community Referrals - Program involves connecting seniors to needed services or items (such as legal services or shower chairs) which are provided on a volunteer or at cost basis.


The EHEAP program assists households with at least one person aged 60 and over with payment of electric final notices, deposits, and past due notices.  Eligibility is based on household size and gross income.  Applications are by appointment only.

For further information, please call (941) 749-3030