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Cost of Florida Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Florida is $3,150 per month.

The monthly base rate for Florida assisted living is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Florida is also less expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Florida. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Assisted Living Regulations

Florida defines assisted living homes as Assisted Living Facilities providing housing, meals, and at least one 'personal service' such as assistance with day to day living needs and the self-administered of medication.

Florida Assisted Living Facility Scope of Care

Assisted Living Facilities in Florida may provide assistance with personal care services including medications. Facilities may hold one of three licenses: an extended congregate care license which allows facilities to provide more extensive day to day living assistance and nursing services to residents; a limited nursing services license which allows certain nursing services set forth with state regulations; and a limited mental health license that allows facilities to serve low-income, chronically mentally ill residents. Home health agencies contract with residents to help care for them.

Florida Assisted Living Admission Requirements

In the state of Florida, a resident must be capable of performing day to day living activities with supervision or assistance, not require 24-hour nursing supervision, be free of stage II, III, or IV pressure sores, be able to participate in most social and leisure activities, be ambulatory, and not display violent behavior in order to be admitted into an Assisted Living Facility. A resident must be discharged if he or she is no longer able to meet this criteria, or is bedridden for more than seven days.

Florida Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements

Within 60 days prior to a residents' admission, and no later than 30 days after admission, residents must be examined by a physician or advanced registered nurse practitioner who provides the administrator with a medical examination report. Examinations conducted up to 30 days after a resident's admission must be recorded on the Resident Health Assessment form. For residents examined 60 days prior to admission, any information required not contained in the medical examination report must be obtained by the administrator within 30 days after admission.

Florida Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements

Unlicensed staff may provide assistance with self administered medications. Staff must have a minimum of four additional hours of training provided by an RN, licensed pharmacist, or Department of Elder Affairs staff in order to assist with medications.

Florida Assisted Living Facility Requirements

Private resident units are required to have a minimum of 80 square feet of floor space and multiple-occupancy resident rooms must have at least 60 square feet per resident. An additional minimum of 35 square feet of living and dining space per resident is required. Resident bedrooms used for multiple occupancy in facilities newly licensed or renovated six months after October 17, 1999, shall have a maximum occupancy of two people. Shared bathrooms are permitted and there must be one toilet and sink per six residents, and one bathing unit per eight residents.

Florida Assisted Living Staffing Requirements

At least one employee certified in first aid must be present at all times, and staffing must be in sufficient number to meet the needs of the residents. Administrators must have a high school diploma or GED, complete a core training program, and pass a competency test. Direct-care staff who have not taken the core training program must complete a minimum of one hour of training within 30 days of employment. Direct care staff, other than nurses, certified nursing assistants, and home health aides, must receive three hours of in-service training within 30 days of being hired. Administrators must complete 12 hours of continuing education every two years, and staff in special care units must receive four hours of continuing education per year.

Florida Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

A Medicaid home and community-based services waiver, and the Medicaid Assistive Care Services program under Medicaid will cover services for low-income residents.

Florida Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living and Related Services

The State of Florida Medicaid pays for long term care services in nursing homes. If the qualified participant chooses to live at home or in a residential community, the Florida Medicaid program will pay for those services as long as the services can be obtained at a lower cost. This program is called the Assisted Living for the Elderly Waiver.

The ALE Waiver program is limited. If an individual declines to a point where the cost to provide services in assisted living exceeds the cost to provide the same services in a nursing home, then the participant will be required to move to a skilled nursing facility.

The Florida Assisted Living Waiver offers a case manager to assess the needs and the services available to participants for which they are qualified. Additional services include:

- Attendant Care

- Attendant call system

- Behavior Management

- Case management

- Chore Services

- Companion Services

- Homemaker

- Medication management

- Durable Medical Equipment

- Disposable Medical Supplies

- Incontinence supplies

- Intermittent nursing

- Occupational therapy

- Personal Care

- Medical Equipment and supplies

- Physical therapy

- Speech therapy

- Social and Recreation Services

- Transition Assistance (from nursing homes)

- Therapeutic social and recreational services

To learn more about Florida's Home and Community-Based Programs and Services

The Assisted Living Waiver is available throughout the state of Florida. However, there is a waiting list for the services. As of 2013, for every two persons receiving services, a third was on the waiting list.

Agency for Healthcare Administration Phone (850) 412-4304

Contact: Shaddrick A. Haston, Esq. Phone (850) 412-4304


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What is the best number to call to get started? 850-414-2000 or 800-963-5337

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Florida Contacts

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

Phone: (850) 487-2515

Bernard E. Hudson
Phone: (850) 487-2515

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

License information source: Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

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