With the costs of long-term care rising, private homes in Florida can offer a more intimate feel while potentially saving more money than traditional options such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
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Barbara Peters Smith. Private-home care could become more common for elders. Herald-Tribune. Jan 23, 2014:
“And this informal business model could prove popular in the next decade for baby boomers retiring to Florida with experience in geriatric care — and perhaps not enough money to afford the kind of home they’d like to own.
As with the burgeoning home health care industry, the entry of more providers into this field — particularly without oversight — expands the potential for abuse.
“It’s pretty much part of the landscape, and it’s going to be growing,” says Larry Polivka, director of the Claude Pepper Center for aging studies at Florida State University.
“In large measure, it can be a win-win” for elders who need daily assistance and boomers who need retirement security. As a trend, he adds, it’s something state regulators “need to keep an eye on.””