Column: Florida slipping in long-term care for seniors

In 1980, Florida was recognized as a national leader in innovative care for older people with long-term care needs, thanks to its implementation of the Community Care for the Elderly and Home Care for the Elderly programs. These programs provided supportive services such as personal care, homemaker and home health care, to older persons in their own home that helped them delay moving into a nursing home as long as possible.

By the early 1980s, these programs had already proven to be popular with the public and cost-effective from a public policy perspective. Their success made them models for community-based care across the country, and they inspired the first Medicaid funded, in-home long-term care programs in the early 1980s.

Tampa Bay Times Op-Ed