Make us your home page
Instagram

AARP ranks Florida fourth-worst state for long-term elderly care

Sal Falco of New Port Richey, 68, left, poses a question to Jeff Johnson, AARP Florida's then-manager of state operations, at a community discussion on health care reform in 2009. | KERI WIGINTON, Times

Sal Falco of New Port Richey, 68, left, poses a question to Jeff Johnson, AARP Florida's then-manager of state operations, at a community discussion on health care reform in 2009. | KERI WIGINTON, Times

Florida's reputation as an ideal retirement state doesn't carry over to the quality of care those retirees living here, a study says. According to AARP rankings released Thursday, Florida is the fourth-worst state for long-term services for the elderly and people with disabilities.

The rankings, the study said, are meant to help states improve such care "so that older people and adults with disabilities in all states can exercise choice and control over their lives, thereby maximizing their independence and wellbeing."

States were judged on their quality of life and care, support for family caregivers, choice of setting and provider for services such as assisted living, affordability and access as well as the effectiveness of transitions from care settings. Florida ranked second to last in choice of setting and provider, and not higher than 40th in the other four categories. It did best when it came to effective transitions, placing at No. 21.

Contact Malena Carollo at [email protected] or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo on Twitter.

AARP ranks Florida fourth-worst state for long-term elderly care 06/15/17 [Last modified: Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Carrollwood fitness center employs scientific protocol to help clients

    Business

    In 2005, Al Roach and Virginia Phillips, husband and wife, opened 20 Minutes to Fitness in Lakewood Ranch, and last month they opened the doors to their new location in Carrollwood.

    Preston Fisher, a personal fitness coach at 20 Minutes To Fitness, stands with an iPad while general manager/owner Angela Begin conducts an equipment demonstration. The iPad is used to track each client's information and progress. I also included one shot of just the equipment. The center recently opened in Carrollwood. Photo by Danielle Hauser.
  2. Olive Tree branches out to Wesley Chapel

    Business

    WESLEY CHAPEL — When it came time to open a second location of The Olive Tree, owners John and Donna Woelfel, decided that Wesley Chapel was the perfect place.

    The Olive Tree expands its offerings of "ultra premium?€ extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) to a second location in Wesley Chapel. Photo by Danielle Hauser.
  3. Massachusetts firm buys Tampa's Element apartment tower

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Downtown Tampa's Element apartment tower sold this week to a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company that plans to upgrade the skyscraper's amenities and operate it long-term as a rental community.

    The Element apartment high-rise at 808 N Franklin St. in downtown Tampa has been sold to a Northland Investment Corp., a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company. JIM DAMASKE  |  Times
  4. New York town approves Legoland proposal

    News

    GOSHEN, N.Y. — New York is one step closer to a Lego dreamland. Goshen, a small town about fifty miles northwest of the Big Apple, has approved the site plan for a $500 million Legoland amusement park.

    A small New York town, Goshen approved the site plan for a $500 million Legoland amusement park. Legoland Florida is in Winter Haven. [Times file  photo]
  5. Jordan Park to get $20 million makeover and new senior housing

    Real Estate

    By WAVENEY ANN MOORE

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG —The St. Petersburg Housing Authority, which bought back the troubled Jordan Park public housing complex this year, plans to spend about $20 million to improve the 237-unit property and construct a new three-story building for …

    Jordan Park, the historic public housing complex, is back in the hands of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority. The agency is working to improve the 237-unit complex. But the latest plan to build a new three-story building for seniors will mean 31 families have to find new homes. [LARA CERRI   |   Tampa Bay Times]