When it comes to senior living, Florida is a great choice for you or your loved one. As one of the more popular vacation and retirement spots in the country, Florida has earned its nickname “The Sunshine State” for its white, sandy beaches and beautiful weather.
The median monthly cost of a care home in Florida is about $2,800. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Florida.
In Florida, care homes — sometimes called care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
Overall, Florida is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. The state has a relatively low tax rate and no property tax, and the cost of housing is rated five points lower than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
As one of the premiere retirement destinations in the country, nearly one third of the state's population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Florida leaned slightly conservative. However Florida is considered one of the key political swing states, and many of its counties with larger cities, like Miami, tend to be more progressive.
Florida has a subtropical type of climate with extremely hot and muggy summers. The winters in Florida tend to be mild and the state experiences a high volume of rain during the summer and spring months. Many parts of the state are regularly affected by hurricanes and tropical storms, and the state is largely covered in swampland. Many Floridians capitalize on the beautiful weather by playing golf and going to the beach.