Florida Assisted Living
Cost of Florida Assisted Living
The average cost of Assisted Living in Florida is $3,150 per month. This is higher than the national average which is $2,877 per month.
In Florida there are 1407 Assisted Living Facilities. We can help you find the best matches for your needs.
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Map of Florida Assisted Living Facilities
Paying for Assisted Living in FloridaWhile assisted living care is primarily funded through private savings, Florida seniors may qualify for financial assistance through government programs depending on their income level and personal finances. In addition to federal programs such Section 8 Vouchers, Social Security (SSI) and Veteran’s Benefits, funding sources for assisted living in the state of Florida include:
- Assisted Living for the Elderly (ALE) Waiver – A part of Medicaid, this waiver covers care management, assisted living services and incontinence supplies (if needed) for income-eligible seniors age 60 and older.
- Medicaid Assistive Care Services (ACS) – This program is a Medicaid-based state plan for adults age 18 and older who have a medical need for supportive living 24 hours a day.
- Long-Term Care Community Diversion Program – This Medicaid waiver is for seniors age 65 and older who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid nursing home placement, but have chosen to receive assisted living care instead.
- Optional State Supplementation (OSS) – A state-based, cash assistance program, OSS is available to income-eligible adults age 65 or older to help defray the costs of long-term residential care.
Overview of Florida Assisted LivingBordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and by Alabama and Georgia to the north, Florida is the southern-most state on the U.S. mainland. Famous for its gorgeous coastline, thousands flock to Florida every year to visit its sandy beaches. The “Sunshine State” is deserving of its nickname. Known for its beautiful weather, the state often relies on sunny days to fuel its tourist economy. Visitors can relax with a trip to the picturesque Florida Gulf Islands, enjoy the day at an amusement park in Orlando, or visit one of the state’s more than 1,000 golf courses. Whether walking down the beach or teeing it up on the courses, seniors who chose assisted living in Florida are sure never to waste a sunny day.
Assisted Living in Florida DefinedThere are three types of assisted living facilities in Florida:
- Limited nursing services
- Extended congregate care
Licensing of Florida Assisted Living FacilitiesIn the state of Florida, there are several types of facilities that provide care services for adults. Facilities that specifically provide housing and assisted living services, such as bathing, grooming or supervision, for the elderly are called assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Bureau of Health Facility Regulation’s Assisted Living Unit is responsible for licensing assisted living facilities. To learn more on how assisted living facilities in Florida are licensed, please visit our Florida Licensing Summary.
Legislation of Florida Assisted Living FacilitiesIn April 2011, The Miami Herald published an in-depth investigation of assisted living abuse that highlighted the shortcomings of the state’s response to this abuse. As a result, Senate Bills 2074 and 2050 were introduced to resolve these issues; however, both bills failed to pass.
Not only did the bills call for more licensing requirements, such as requiring a Limited Mental Health specialty license when caring for one mental health resident instead of three residents, as is currently allowed, but the taxes and fees associated with assisted living facilities would also increase. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), “both bills would have negatively impacted assisted living in the state.” Back to Top