NEW: Florida slips to 4th from bottom on long-term care scorecard

The state with the highest share of older residents ranks among the worst at meeting their needs for long-term care, a new scorecard says.

Bernard Haut

Senior advocacy group AARP said Florida has slipped to 46th among the states in a study that measures factors such as the cost of private nursing-home care as a percentage of annual household income, the number of private long-term care insurance policies in effect and the proportion of people receiving Medicaid-financed in-home care.

“We are the grayest, but far from the greatest state in America when it comes to supporting family caregivers and caring for frail older people and the disabled,” said Jack McRay, AARP Florida advocacy manager.  “While there are some bright spots in Florida’s long-term care record, it’s clear Florida is falling further behind other states.”

Florida wasn’t near the bottom in every category. For example, it ranked 21st on ensuring transitions between hospitals and long-term care in the home or in nursing homes.

But overall Florida has lost ground since ranking as the seventh worst state in a 2014 scorecard, AARP said.

For more, read the report here.

Even people who tried to protect themselves by buying private long-term care insurance have been hit with premium increases of 50 percent or more in some cases, The Palm Beach Post reported last year.

“They are forcing people who probably can’t afford this increase to give it up when they now need it more than ever,” said Bernard Haut of Boynton Beach.

 

 

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