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.
There are more than 600 nursing homes in Florida. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Florida to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget.
According to Genworth, the median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in Florida is about $9,400. The median monthly cost for a semi-private room is around $8,500. Nursing home costs in Florida may vary across the state.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Florida.
In Florida, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.
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.