Recently, AARP released the 2023 Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard. This study finds that more than three years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, care provided in the United States for older adults and people with disabilities is painfully inadequate. The report finds that major gaps persist in every state, including Florida, especially related to affordability and access, support for family caregivers, and access to housing assistance for people with disabilities
Ranking #43 in the country, Florida is falling behind most states in efforts to improve care options for older adults, including affordability and access to long-term services. The report sounds the alarm that much more must be done to keep up with the rapidly changing needs of an aging population.
The pandemic reinforced the need to strengthen long-term care for our loved ones across the country, including in Florida. The scorecard shows that there are many roads to meet the needs of all Floridians who deserve the very best care, including the 2.7 million family caregivers in our state. It’s time to accelerate our efforts, for the sake of saving more lives.
Below are the key recommendations from the report and AARP to strengthen support for long-term care and aging at home:
Together, we can work to enhance all our lives as we age. Since the previous scorecard, Florida has risen in the ranks, but there is still room for improvement. If you’re interested in taking action to help older Floridians, join our volunteer team and advocate to lawmakers at the local, state and federal levels. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, click here. For caregiving resources and support visit the AARP Florida Caregiving Resource Center.
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