Florida, in the midst of its tropical climate and beautiful beaches, offers seniors more than 3,400 assisted living options to choose from. The care facilities in Florida are referred to as Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) and provide housing, meals, personal care, and other supportive services to older adults.
These type of care facilities are suited for senior residents who need assistance with activities of daily living and do not require 24-hour nursing supervision. Assisted living Facilities in Florida can range in size from 6 beds to several hundred beds and offer a wide variety of services designed specifically to meet the needs of their residents.
Assisted Living Costs in Florida
The average cost of care in Florida is $3,000 per month. Throughout the entire state, care can start as low as $913 and go as high as $6,510 per month. This range in cost will be influenced by a variety of factors including the senior’s care needs. Prior to selecting a care facility, the admissions staff will perform an assessment to determine the condition and care needs of your loved one. This care assessment will be a key factor in determining the monthly cost (source: Genworth Financial).
Other factors that influence the monthly care fees will be the size and location of the facility, private or shared room, private or shared bathroom, number of years the facility has been in business, staff experience, transportation to and from the doctor, and other amenities and services.
Residential care facilities, provide 24-hour care and supervision to seniors who need assistance, but do not require medical nursing care around the clock. Care Facilities can range in size from six beds or less to over one hundred beds and offer care to adults sixty years or older.
Assisted living facilities provide seniors assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, social activities, housekeeping, meals, and transportation. Inspections by state officials, staff training, and certification requirement, family and community involvement, and ongoing quality assurance efforts work together to ensure quality care in these facilities.
State Licensing and Regulation
Assisted Living Facilities in Florida provide seniors with the care and support services they need, as well as ensuring their safety. These Senior Housing Facilities in Florida are regulated in order to encourage dignity, individuality, and choice from the senior residents while providing reasonable assurance of their safety and welfare. The care facilities are meant to provide personal care services in the least restrictive and most comfortable environment possible for seniors.
Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration licenses and inspects every facility in the state. Each care facility must obtain a license to provide personal care services for the elderly. In addition to a standard ALF license, facilities can obtain specialty licenses to provide additional care to their residents, including extended congregate care (ECC), limited nursing services (LNS), and limited mental health (LMH).
All residents in the senior housing facility must follow the standard ALF residency criteria defined in the Florida regulations, so that ALFs can provide them with personal and supportive services needed as well as assistance with medications for the elderly. All information regarding ALF law and regulations may be obtained from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
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