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Assisted Living in Florida | Seniorly
Florida, the Sunshine State, is a popular destination for seniors and retirees. Whether you prefer taking in the delightful aroma of the orange blossom or listening to the sound of the northern mockingbird, you can find excellent assisted living communities spread across the state.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living communities provide residential care for seniors, and they include personal care, housekeeping and meals. In Florida, assisted living takes on several forms. Extended congregate care lets residents age in place while providing limited nursing services. Some assisted living communities have a limited nursing services license that lets them provide daytime nursing care or hospice care. A limited mental health license is required for Florida assisted living facilities that have three or more residents with mental health issues.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Florida?
Because Florida is such an attractive place to retire, it's no surprise that the state is home to more than 3,000 assisted living communities. Look for top-notch assisted living choices in Altamonte Springs and Boynton Beach, as well as in Boca Raton, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Coral Gables. The average monthly cost for assisted living in Florida is $3,100.
Florida's senior population has been growing since about 2010. This is a result of the aging of the baby boomer generation. As they reach retirement age, the boomers are heading to Florida to retire, just as previous generations did. However, since the baby boomer generation is so large, it's having more of an effect. The over-65 segment of the population, which made up only 17 percent of Florida's population in 2010, is expected to bloom to almost 27 percent by 2050.
How Is Assisted Living Regulated in Florida?
As the first state to regulate and legislate assisted living facilities, Florida has literally set the standard. And it maintains those standards through licensing handled by the Agency for Health Care Administration and inspections performed by the Florida Department of Health. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is in charge of training and licensing the staff that work in assisted living communities, and special training is required for staff in facilities that care for seniors with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
How Is Assisted Living in Florida Affected by Laws and Taxes?
In Florida, the goal of assisted living is to encourage residents to be as independent as possible. To that end, any resident who's bedridden for more than a week can't stay in assisted living. Each assisted living community must offer recreational or social activities for at least 12 hours a day, six days a week. Food service is also strictly regulated.
In addition, Florida laws mandate that assisted living residents be in a safe, clean, and functional environment. Each bedroom must offer a bed and mattress, closet space, a dresser, a bedside table and lamp, and a comfortable chair. If space permits, residents are always allowed to bring their own furniture to assisted living with them.
If you're considering moving your loved one into assisted living, the state of Florida has one huge tax advantage that few states can boast: No state income tax. That covers retirement income. Whether your loved one receives Social Security, a pension or annuity, or income from a 401(k) or IRA, none of it is taxed. Early withdrawals from retirement accounts aren't taxed, either. Florida also has no inheritance tax or estate tax.
Low-income seniors who own property in Florida can take advantage of significant exemptions in their property tax. In addition, seniors who are legally blind or confined to a wheelchair may be completely exempt, and veterans often receive full or partial exemptions, as well.
Florida is already an extremely attractive state for retirees, thanks to its excellent weather and minimal taxes. The Agency for Health Care Administration makes it a lot easier to find the right assisted living community by providing a searchable database with information on the 3,000+ assisted living facilities in the state. Using this handy website, you can prioritize the factors that are most important to you and your loved one to narrow down your search.
When you work with our Seniorly Guides to find a home to love, this is always a free service for families. The Seniorly Guide is compensated directly from the community you eventually select in Florida.
Politics in Florida
Florida is often seen as a swing state in presidential elections, largely because the state is neatly split politically. The northern half of the state tends to be more conservative and traditional, while the southern portion leans more to the progressive side.
In part because of the lack of state income tax, many of the statewide political disputes involve funding government programs. Florida's constitution requires the state to have a balanced budget every year, and funds are raised through sales tax, trust funds, a statewide lottery and gasoline taxes. Fully 20 percent of the state budget is allocated to Medicaid, although this isn’t surprising in a state with so many retirees.
The mention of Miami evokes for many people images of hot nightclubs and amazing white sand beaches. However, Miami also holds the surprising distinction of encompassing two national parks. Everglades National Park, which preserves Florida's endangered wildlife and wetlands, is the only place on Earth where crocodiles and alligators live side by side. Biscayne National Park is an island-based park off the coast of Miami that's only accessible by boat. Glass-bottom boats allow visitors to view mangrove forests and coral reefs on the floor of the sea.
Speaking of double natural attractions, Florida is also the only state that's home to two rivers with the same name. One Withlacoochee River runs through Madison County in the northern part of Florida. The other Withlacoochee River, which is not connected to the first at all, is in central Florida.
While you may not think of Florida as a farming mecca, it's far more than one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Florida's well-known for its oranges, and it also grows more watermelon, tomatoes and sugar than any other state in the country.