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Your Guide To Choosing A Nursing Home In Florida

Your Guide To Choosing A Nursing Home In Florida
August 3, 2021

When the time comes that you or a loved one needs the care only a nursing home can provide, you will need to begin the arduous task of choosing a nursing home. We have put together an exhaustive guide to choosing a nursing home, in the hopes that this will be beneficial during such a stressful time.

7 Questions You Need To Know The Answer To Before Starting To Look For A Nursing Home

The first step to choosing a nursing home is to know exactly what it is that you’re looking for. Before you start looking online or asking around for suggestions, it is crucial that you know the answers to these questions so you can quickly discount homes that will not meet your needs.

Resources For Finding Quality Nursing Homes

Nursing homes should be peaceful, well-equipped places that you or a loved one can stay in when long-term care is needed. Choosing a quality nursing home is important because no two facilities are the same. Here you will find a list of resources to help find nursing homes that will meet your needs.

Nursing Home Checklist: What To Look For When You Visit

Choosing a nursing home for your loved one is a serious consideration to make, as the staff of the facility will be responsible for ensuring his or her safety and well-being. It is recommended that families make multiple visits to nursing homes that they are considering, with visits coming at different times of the day. This will allow you to evaluate how the nursing home operates when the staff is not expecting you. 

Recognizing Nursing Home Red Flags

Currently, it costs about $9,000 to $12,000 a month for an elderly individual to live at a long-term nursing home facility in Florida. For that kind of money, you would think that the residents would have all of their needs met. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. There are more than a quarter of a million complaints made by nursing home residents and their loved ones about the facilities and the care that is being provided. Not all of these shortcomings are immediately apparent, but there are certain nursing home red flags that you can look for when choosing a nursing home.

Here is a great resource to learn more about recent nursing home violations and/or sanctions. 

Choosing A Nursing Home: Worksheet

We know that choosing a nursing home can be a daunting process. In order to make it a bit easier, we have put together a worksheet that you can use to keep track of all of the important information. 


How Will You Pay For Nursing Home Care?

Nursing home care is not cheap. Once you are done choosing a nursing home that provides the level of care that you seek, determining how to pay for it is the next thing you will need to figure out. A Medicaid planning lawyer puts together strategies to help their clients pay the exorbitant costs associated with long-term care and protect their assets so they have something to pass onto their heirs.

Our Medicaid-planning strategies allow you to legally and ethically protect your assets so you do not have to wait five years and do not have to go broke before qualifying for Medicaid in Florida. 

If you need help qualifying for Medicaid, or with any other aspect of paying for a nursing home or other long-term care facility, I encourage you to reach out right away to schedule a consultation.

To learn more about Medicaid asset protection strategies in Florida, read our Medicaid Planning Book.

Jason Neufeld is the Founder and Managing Partner of Elder Needs Law, a Florida estate planning and elder law firm he created in 2017. With more than 15 years of experience practicing law, he represents clients in a wide range of legal matters, including Medicaid planning, estate planning, elder law, probate, Medicare, and life insurance.

Jason received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami — School of Law and is a member of the Florida Bar and the Broward County Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being named a Rising Star and Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers and among the Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend in 2024.

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