Florida Nursing Homes: Assisted Living & Elderly Care in FL

Florida has over 685 nursing facilities in the state.  In these facilities, there are over 83,500 beds and 73,00 residents.
This makes the Florida nursing facility occupancy rate approximately 88% according to www.cdc.gov.

Florida Care Facilities Statistics:

Depending on where you live the size of assisted care/nursing home facilities can vary in the number of beds available and the incurred cost of the facility.

The state of Florida has one of the lowest nursing home population for those seniors over 65 years of age.  For more information go to www.fhca.org.

Types of Assisted Living Facility Licenses:

In Florida, there are 4 licenses that a facility can have.  Every facility has to have a standard license in order to run a facility in the state of Florida.  A standard license states that the facility will provide supervision of normal daily activities either directly or indirectly.  This includes the dispensing of medications along with related services. Each facility can add anyone or three other licenses. These are ECC, LNS and LMH.  ECC – provides limited nursing services, help with daily hygiene needs, dietary needs and preside over those residents with memory issues to mention a few provisions of this license.  LNS – the same services that are provided under the basic license along with nursing services that can be provided by licensed nurses. LMH – is a license for those assisted living facilities that provide care for residents who need mental health support.  For more information please go to http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/reports-

Florida Staff to patient ratio:

According to www.leg.state.fl.us there will be direct care of each resident for at least 3.6 hours a day.  This care can be provided by a certified nursing assistant and or licensed nursing staff seven days a week.

According to http://ahca.myflorida.com the hours of direct care per resident is 4.25hrs per day.  There is a significant correlation between staffing and quality of care and resident health.  The greater the number of dedicated staff and direct hours of care the better quality of life for the residents.

Cost:

The average cost of a nursing care facility in Florida is $260/day or between $7,300 and $7,800 a month.  The cost in Florida’s for assisted living care/nursing home is one of the highest in the country. A semi-private room can cost between $73,000 to $170,000 plus a year.  Private rooms run from $77,000 to $174,000 a year. These are at a higher cost when you look at adjacent states however the quality of care in these facilities is also rated higher than other states, with the number of direct hours of contact by the staff to the resident according to www.skillednursingfacilities.org.

Paying for Assisted Living Nursing Care Facilities:

Most residents pay with pension funds, long-term health insurance, retirement accounts, savings, Social Security and V.A. Benefits.  All of these are considered private pay.

In the state of Florida, you can also check into The CARES Program for those with disabilities, The SHINE Program for Seniors with disabilities, The Department of Elder Affairs and the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.  For more information please check out http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/reports.

Medicare/Medicaid Accepted:

Medicare Part A may include coverage at a SNF, skilled nursing facility, if the patient requires skilled medical care.

Nursing home care is generally referred to as custodial care and will not be covered by Medicare.

Medicaid payments once applied for will begin when the nursing home or assisted living patient has exhausted all other means of payment such as private funds and/or Long Term Health Insurance.  In other words, when the patient has no other means of payment Medicaid takes over in a Medicaid Certified nursing facility.

Top Nursing Care Facilities in Florida:

According to U.S. News and World Report there are approximately 120 top rated nursing care facilities in the state of Florida.  These top-rated facilities are located throughout the state.

Top reasons for needing Long-Term care are age, physical and or mental/memory disabilities, health issues and living alone.  The longer you live the more likely it is that you will need long term care. As we age we are prone to the development of health issues which we will not be able to manage at home on our own.

Options for Care

  • Nursing Home Facilities – Nursing Homes provide care for their residents 24/7.  Nursing Homes are for our Seniors who need medical and personal care assistance. Seniors with high level medical needs or those with complex medical conditions find the help they need in nursing homes.  Nursing Homes provide long-term care for Seniors who require skilled nursing care.

Nursing Homes are set up to enhance and/or maintain the physical, mental, and social well-being of Seniors who are in need of medical and personal care assistance. Nursing homes provide the most extensive personal care that you can receive independent of a hospital.

  • Assisted Living Facilities – Most of us would prefer that our loved one live at home where they feel safe and secure.  There may come a time however, when staying at home is no longer a safe option for our loved one.  Usually there will be an incident that brings us to this realization such as the Elder forgetting to take their medication, forgetting to eat their meals or even just the loneliness associated with living alone.  

These communities provide care and housing to our elders who need more assistance with daily care but are not yet at the level of care that is provided at a nursing home.

Assisted living communities have grown as an option for our elders who are still independent but require some assistance with daily living tasks.

Assisted Living communities provide, assistance with eating when necessary, medication management, housekeeping, daily hygiene needs and dressing, physical mobility needs, socialization and community activities and transportation needs.

  • Day Care Centers/Senior Centers – Provide meals, social interaction, exercise programs and dance programs.  They provide the older person and the family a respite from personal care which can help the family caregiver go to work or just take a break from the taxing responsibilities of caring for an older loved one.
  • Home Health Care – Caretakers can provide personal hygiene care, meal preparation, light cleaning and transportation to stores, appointments and social activities.

Sources:

health.usnews.com

www.kff.org

www.leg.state.fl.us