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FL Still At Bottom Of Senior Care Barrel   

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Florida is still near the bottom on a first-ever scorecard by AARP that ranks states on how well they provide long-term health care for seniors and people with disabilities. Florida is number 41 overall and, in some subcategories, the state ranks even lower.

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At AARP Florida, Jessyca Sosa says Floridians should not expect the long-term care score to improve in the coming years.

"And it's also very clear that the average person, the middle-class family, in no way, shape or form can afford to pay for the type of costs that they face under our current system."

Sosa is AARP's southeast regional spokesperson. At the other end of the scorecard, but still not encouraging, she notes that Florida has the fifth highest nursing staff turnover of any state.

The report, Raising Expectations: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers, covers four areas: affordability and accessibility, choice of setting, quality of care and support for family caregivers.

 Florida ranks 44th in terms of providing seniors a choice of where to receive their care, with nursing homes often the only option. Sosa would like to see improvement here, as well.

"You know, the fact is, is that most people, if given a preference, would prefer not to have to go to a nursing facility. They want services in their homes and communities."

Home or community-based care is also less expensive than nursing home care, adds Sosa, which is another reason for the trend away from institutional care. 

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