Currently, 35 percent of those aged 65 and older rely on nursing facilities for their long-term care- a number is expected to grow in the coming decades. Unfortunately, the nation’s nursing home infrastructure is ill-equipped to provide quality of care that is cost effective. In Florida, the Legislature has lifted its 14-year moratorium on new nursing home construction, which is providing a short window of opportunity to construct affordable, modern nursing homes that provide quality care and a good quality of life. So far, the Agency for Health Care Administration has approved the construction of large, traditional nursing homes despite alternatives.
As states realize that deteriorating nursing homes combined with an aging population mean that new nursing homes need to be constructed, they are faced with an option—build more of the same traditional, large nursing facilities or construct innovative homes that allow elders to live full and enriched lives.