Florida Ranks 44 out of 51 States in Long-Term Care

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Long-term nursing home and care facilities in Florida are ranked 44 out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia), based on the types and quality of long-term care provided to nursing home residents and dependent adults.

Using a ranking system that compared each state on its overall success in the areas of: quality of life, quality of care and accessibility of care, “Raising Expectations: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers” was recently published by the AARP Public Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund, and the SCAN Foundation.

It also compares in each state sub-categories, such as affordability and access, patient choice about their long-term care, and quality of life and care. The “Scorecard” is described as the first of its kind.

In sub-categories, out of 51 states, Florida ranks:

  • Affordability and Access to Care 35
  • Choice of Setting and Provider 37
  • Support for Family Caregivers 41
  • Quality of Life and Quality of Care 44

The study considers any percentage of high risk residents developing pressure sores to be inappropriate. Therefore, Florida’s statistic of just over 12 percent of high risk residents developing pressure sores is unacceptable.

Similarly, the study believes that long-term care should be of such quality that hospitalization rates should be excessively low. In Florida, almost 25 percent of long-stay nursing home residents require at least one hospital stay during their residency. Florida is no longer a retiree’s paradise

The next “Scorecard” will likely be released in two years.