Maria E. Gomez

Long-Term Care

Maria E. Gomez

Retired

Senior Director, Customer Experience

Florida Power & Light

United HomeCare®

Board Member

305.716.0710 or visit

unitedhomecare.com

As the U.S. population ages, more people are handling long-term care plans for themselves or their loved ones. Long-term care (LTC) is defined as daily assistance with basic functions of life, such as eating, bathing, and dressing. When someone becomes physically or cognitively impaired, they often require LTC, and the likelihood of needing long- term care services increases with age.

A 65-year-old couple in good health needs around $388K saved to pay for health care costs for the remainder of their lives. That estimate encapsulates premiums for Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Part D (prescription drug coverage), and some but not all dental coverage, as well as various out- of-pocket costs (e.g., doctor exams and hearing services). But it excludes long- term care expenses, and long-term care costs, which can be incredibly expensive. Unfortunately, there are 1,850 seniors who are on our waiting list for services, who need our help.

Serving those seniors at home would cost approximately $12.4 million annually, and compared to $115 million to serve them in a nursing home, that is a potential long-term savings to Florida’s taxpayers of $103.4 million dollars.

United HomeCare® is a nonprofit home health and community care organization dedicated to excellence in what we do – helping you or someone you love live at home independently – because there’s no place like home.

Our Priorities are:

  • ADDRESS THE NEED FOR LONG TERM HOME

    CARE FOR SENIORS SAVING MILLIONS OF

    TAXPAYER DOLLARS

  • ADDRESS THE FOOD INSECURITY

    EXPERIENCED BY SENIORS

  • ADDRESS THE NEED FOR A SAFE HOME
  • ADDRESS THE NEED FOR PET CAREGIVERS

 

We hope you join us by contributing to Transforming Senior Living. Please contact us at [email protected] or call (305) 716-0710.

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