The times they are a-changin' in Florida for residents of assisted living and nursing home facilities, and not for the better. While we see many New York residents leave to escape our high state income taxes, property taxes and snowy winters, be mindful that permanently moving to a sunbelt state may not be good for your health. Read here (Foxes Move in to Guard Florida's Long-Term Care Hen House) how Florida government changes, which appear to be directly correlated to pander to nursing home and assisted living industry insiders, will drastically affect the rights of seniors in these communities.
Here is a link to a summary of the key provisions in the health care bill passed last night as published by Kaiser Health News. Consumers Guide To Health Reform – Kaiser Health News. Whether the Congressional Budget Office's number are valid remains to
be seen. So, too, the true fallout from the mandates, fines and
government control measures. What has not changed with all the rhetoric, polemics and hysteria generated by this topic is the need for everyone over the age of 18 to take their own medical and financial affairs in hand and plan today. The government is inserting itself into our lives more and more every day. Do you really want to leave your long term care planning to chance? Remember, no plan is a plan for failure.
At long last, family members of individuals without advance directives will be able to make health care decisions on their behalf, including the withdrawal or withholding of life-sustaining treatment. See Governor Paterson's press release, link below.