Where to retire and get best care? Not Florida or Arizona: AARP

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tabbycat wrote:

Funny. The response from Florida wasn’t, we’re sorry we suck, it was, well if you don’t want to come to a place that sucks, don’t leave home, and people who do leave home for here and get sick, go back there. That’s the spirit Florida! We’re gonna take your high property taxes, cost of living, utilities, probably homeowner’s association fees, gasoline taxes, etc., but when you get sick, don’t let the door hit you on the butt on your way back north (they might not have a state income tax, but they find lots of ways to grab your money without it). Which I find rich, is that they also have such a large population of welfare-dependent, Medicaid recipients, often who don’t even speak English.

That said, Florida does have a hard time staffing the high number of long term care facilities it has. There is a nursing shortage in the US as it is, but it’s an epidemic in Florida. So part of their failure might be because there are so many elderly people, you can’t keep up with their care. Still, if this study is actually indicative of the state of elder care in the US and not just a niche study, then my mom, a nursing home nurse, was right – people are better off staying up north and getting care near their families and other loved ones. Florida has a lot of problems. I loved the weather in Miami, hate the climate in Tallahassee.

Jun 20, 2014 7:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
FridaK wrote:

I would have appreciated a link to see the ranking of all the states.

Jun 20, 2014 11:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeBopman wrote:

FridaK wrote:

I would have appreciated a link to see the ranking of all the states.
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Since the story mentions the “AARP Public Policy Institute”, a real quick search on Google or DuckDuckGo (so you are not tracked) finds …

http://www.longtermscorecard.org/2014-scorecard

Jun 21, 2014 3:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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