Whether you’re living in your home and need a helping hand, or are considering joining a community especially for seniors, there are no shortage of senior living options in Orlando. With some of the most well-known communities and the best health care for older adults in the country, it’s no wonder Florida is a popular retirement choice. In this informational guide, we help you to explore services offered in your area like concierge options, in-home nursing assistance, and communities that offer assisted living or skilled nursing care.
Generally speaking, the cost of care in Orlando is just above the median across the nation. Genworth conducted a study in 2015 on the Cost of care and determined that nationally seniors paid $80,300 per year for semi-private nursing home care. In the Orlando area, the average was $88,513. For private care the difference was smaller. Nationally, the average was $91,250, and locally in Orlando, the rate averaged $94,353.
Services available to seniors in their homes like home health care or homemaker services were available to Orlando seniors at lower averages than the national median and assisted living was also a bit less expensive. In Orlando, the annual average for an assisted living facility was $40,119 while nationally seniors paid $43,200 on average. The cost of home health services was very comparable to that of assisted living care in the Orlando area.
The baby boomer generation is retiring, and the Orlando area has a number of resources to meet their needs. Some elect to stay at home and hire in-home care to help out while others look to all-inclusive communities or nursing care. Here we explore the different options that may be the solution for you.
Seniors who wish to live at home but need an extra hand can combine options to find the perfect fit for their care needs. Homemaker services assist with to-do lists around the home like cooking, light housekeeping, grooming, and other basic personal care and are provided by agencies in your area.
Home health services are a solution for medical care needs. Diseases like diabetes, cancer, or heart disease need additional management, and home health aides can also assist with things like medication management, physical therapy, and more.
Adult day programs offer safe, supervised environments for when caregivers are out of the home. These center program activities and socialization, and may even offer dementia care by specialized staff for seniors with memory issues. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has tools on their website to assist with finding a center in your area.
Concierge services are available to help cover all your bases with help around the home. Whether you’re looking for someone to walk your dog, run local errands, or do small maintenance projects, you can look to services like Rover, TaskRabbit or Amazon Home services to contract help.
Finding a good fit is easy. Ask friends and family for recommendations, check out online reviews of the companies, and ask these questions to ensure you’re choosing a reputable provider.
Are you bonded and insured? Do you have a license to administer the services or care that is required (if the state of Florida requires a license for this service)? Do new employees have a background check completed? Do they have to go through training? Do you have a contingency plan in place in case an employee isn’t able to make their scheduled appointment with me? Is transportation provided to the Adult Day Center?
Senior living options in the Orlando area can range from independent living all the way to skilled nursing facilities that provide continuous care. Many properties have more than one level of care, allowing you to stay with the community as your care needs increase over time. Here are the common options available in the area.
Independent living communities offer resort-style living in individual apartments. These properties are maintenance-free, and things like basic housekeeping are included.
Assisted living facilities provide staff who help with daily tasks like transportation, housekeeping, and grooming, but still allow for independent living and personal space.
Nursing homes are designed for seniors who need a higher level of care. They are staffed 24-hours a day with nursing staff and cater to seniors with short or long-term needs.
Dementia care is available in specialized facilities and provided by staff trained in memory care. These properties typically have a higher level of security to guard against residents wandering-a common side effect of the condition.
Does the facility offer additional care levels? If my needs change over the years, how do I utilize the continuum of care?
What is included in the monthly pricing?
Are there add-on options for an extra charge?
Do you allow independent concierge services on-site? Know that most care facilities don’t, but it may be important to ask if you need a service to assist with things like grocery shopping or walking your dog while you’re living there.
Seniors have several options to pay for their care. The first stop is to examine your social security benefits and retirement savings to pay for senior living. Low-income seniors can apply for assistance from Medicaid, and the VA Aid & Attendance pension could be an option for military veterans who served during an active duty wartime. In some cases, their widows may also qualify. Homeowners have the option of leveraging the equity in their home and taking out a reverse mortgage if the tax and financial impacts are manageable.
There is no shortage of things to do for seniors in the Orlando area. A tourist destination for people worldwide, the city boasts numerous theme parks, hundreds of shows, and some of the best restaurants in the country. The Epcot Food and Wine festival in the Fall is a must-do for foodies, and the Florida Film Festival is an awesome chance every April to rub elbows with up and coming film stars and directors. Seniors who want to give back can visit volunteermatch.org to find volunteer opportunities at events and not for profits in the local area.
While this concludes our senior care roundup in the Orlando area, we have dozens of additional resources on the site to explore. Be sure to check out our guides to assisted living, respite care, neighborhoods and veteran support for more information.
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