Sarasota nursing homes provide comprehensive care services for the city’s senior residents. Patients with degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease can find nursing homes with specialized services designed to manage their unique condition, while patients recovering from surgery, an accident or an illness can take advantage of rehabilitative therapy sessions. Nursing homes are able to take care of both the long-term and short-term health care needs of Sarasota seniors.
In 2013, there were more than 72,500 nursing home residents in Florida.
There are currently 680 licensed nursing homes in Florida with a capacity of 83,587 beds.
Medicare patients stay an average of 33 days in Florida nursing homes.
Patients with Medicaid or private insurance stay an average of 386 days.
By 2020, it is expected that 12 million American seniors will need long-term health care.
When most of us think of nursing homes, we envision facilities that provide permanent care for seniors with complex, lifelong health conditions. While some nursing home residents do require long-term care to manage their condition, the majority of patients spend just weeks to months living in a nursing facility. Many patients only require care in a nursing home as they recover from surgery or a hospital visit. Nursing homes are able to offer 24/7 medical care, including physical and occupational therapy sessions to promote a healthy and speedy recovery.
Florida Medicare patients spend just over a month on average in nursing homes, while seniors who qualify for Medicaid or who have private insurance live in nursing homes for an average of just over one year. Medicaid and most private insurance plans offer to cover the costs of nursing care services for longer than Medicare plans. Short-term respite care services offered by certain nursing homes may or may not be covered by your insurance policy.
Nursing home residents enjoy access to a variety of services that ensure their stay is a safe and comfortable one. Support staff is on hand at all hours to provide assistance with custodial care and daily activities, while certified nursing assistants provide medical care and rehabilitative therapy under the supervision of a registered nurse.
In addition to personal assistance and medical treatment, nursing homes also provide balanced meals that have been specially crafted to meet the dietary needs of patients. Most nursing homes serve meals in a communal dining hall, giving residents the opportunity to socialize on a daily basis. Residents can also participate in scheduled activities, outings and spiritual services organized by their nursing home.
Nursing care costs in Sarasota are just slightly more expensive than care costs nationwide. The national median price of a shared room in a nursing home was $6692 per month in 2015, while a single room cost a monthly median of $7604. In Sarasota and the North Port area, seniors paid a median price of $7178 per month for a semi-private room and $8638 per month for a private room in 2015. Nursing care costs in the city are only expected to rise by 1% within the next 5 years.
Many nursing home residents pay thousands of dollars each month in fees, which can add up over time. If you think that you may need nursing care in the future, it’s a good idea to look into long-term care insurance plans that will help you to cover the costs of nursing home services. Low-income seniors who qualify for state Medicaid insurance may want to look into local Medicaid certified facilities to find affordable care.
It can be a challenge to find the right nursing home. You have to take into account your unique medical, personal and financial needs when researching facilities in your area. The nursing homes that you look at should be licensed, with no history of resident neglect or abuse, and should have a clean and well-staffed facility. It’s always a good idea to visit the facility in person to get a feel for the place, try a meal or two, and observe how staff members interact with residents. For more information and for referral services, call or visit your closest Area Agency on Aging in North Fort Myers.
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