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Old 10-31-2018, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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[quote=ChristineVA;53512378]Happy to report that my parents found an affordable home during their visit to The Villages this past week. I believe it was just under $290K, has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, enclosed lanai, poured concrete build (versus frame), and is about 3 years old, hardly lived in. It will tough having them so far away from me but they need to enjoy life and there's tons of social opportunities for them there.[/QUOTE

I think they'll love it.

Several couples have moved from our area (South Florida) to The Villages. One man was dead set against a 55 plus and lo and behold, 3 months later, they sold their home and began construction on one in The Villages.

They absolutely love it and have made many friends. Super people.

The kind of people who tell me "whenever you visit, your room is waiting for you" - and even though I knew them, I was basically their mortgage broker.
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Old 10-31-2018, 07:55 PM
 
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The problem with the Villages is access to quality health care. There are not really any good medical facilities nearby. I have family that have lived in that area for decades and the quality of health they have had is horrible. You would have to travel far good medical care. Being close to good health care is so important as we age. Too often people forget or ignore that when looking for places to retire. I would caution your parents about this before they commit to living there. Jay
JayCT, I have actually said the same thing about the medical care in all of Florida. The surgeons nearly killed me. My dentist wound up traveling to NYC to go to a doctor since his doctors couldn't cure him and had trouble diagnosing him. My friend's husband was transported to the hospital having seizures. After several tests they told him it was stress. Then while he was on vacation in Canada he had another seizure and was taken by ambulance to a Canadian hospital. They said it was a cardiac event... not stress... and he needed a pacemaker immediately. I've spoken to a lot of people who complain about medical care all over FL.
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Old 11-01-2018, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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JayCT, I have actually said the same thing about the medical care in all of Florida. The surgeons nearly killed me. My dentist wound up traveling to NYC to go to a doctor since his doctors couldn't cure him and had trouble diagnosing him. My friend's husband was transported to the hospital having seizures. After several tests they told him it was stress. Then while he was on vacation in Canada he had another seizure and was taken by ambulance to a Canadian hospital. They said it was a cardiac event... not stress... and he needed a pacemaker immediately. I've spoken to a lot of people who complain about medical care all over FL.
Right, I feel the same. Your original post mentioned a place that's close to everything. That is the one thing that is great about where I live -- West Bradenton, FL. I had a leased car when I moved here that allowed 10,000 miles per year. I was barely using 5,000 a year, because everything I needed was within a few miles.

That said, I hope I don't get a serious illness, because I wouldn't say the healthcare here is top-notch. I came from a city up North where we had access to the finest teaching hospitals, so this is quite a comedown. (Oh and BTW, that is one big drawback of The Villages being in the middle of nowhere...as an example, my friend had to drive to Gainesville every week to get radiation.) And I actually still go back up north to my dentist. The one down here told me I needed $18K worth of work...I went up to my dentist at home and she said she didn't see any problem at all. And I've heard most of the dentists down here are like that -- constantly upselling, proposing big-ticket work that may not even be necessary. So I try to schedule trips back home to coincide with my six-month cleanings!
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:34 AM
 
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One of the discussions that my parents had with many other residents down there was medical care. They talked to one couple whose wife had an aneurism. She went to the local hospital and they did helo her to a hospital in Gainesville, FL for the surgery. Otherwise, the others who have not had big health scares seem to enjoy their doctors down there. Apparently there is a group run under/by United Health Care (although they take other insurances) where you see one primary and they link you to other specialists as you need them, all while having your electronic record in one place. It's been working out very good for some of the residents there who really need their care managed. Or, you can just pick your own doctors. But, yeah, I get it--it's not a major medical town/center such as we have here in the DC area.



And I know that things can change in a blink of an eye, but they are lucky in that they are very healthy. My mother, at 75, is on ZERO medications and my father, I believe, takes an NSAID daily for chronic arthritis in the neck and ankle.



Hopefully, they won't need sophisticated medical care but I do know that is something that would be great to have right next door. So I do know that it is lacking in that area but I had not heard the word "horrible" used in regard to The Villages.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:09 AM
 
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Lest anyone think I don't like Florida, that could not be further from the truth. I love Florida. I spent many happy years living there. But, I am aware that like everywhere else, it has its imperfections. I am going to have to choose what imperfections I am willing to live with.
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Old 11-02-2018, 08:16 AM
 
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We have had completely different healthcare experiences in Florida than those who posted they think Florida healthcare is inferior. I am originally from the Mid-Atlantic region of the country but have spent the last 25 years in central Florida. I can honestly say that although I want to return to the Mid-Atlantic over the next few years, I don't want to give up the great healthcare we have had in Florida.

We're about 25 miles west of Orlando, and there are some great hospitals closeby. I had major surgery there and went through cancer treatment there years ago. They were wonderful! We have a small local hospital that is growing. I had a robotic procedure done there a couple of years ago that went extremely well. I had planned on having the procedure done at one of the big name hospitals in Orlando, but when I found out that my local was upping its game, I had it done there. After seeing the efficiency there and seeing the quality of doctors they are now attracting, I feel comfortable going to my local for any emergency now.

I had been hospitalized once up north, and I was not taken care of as well there as I had been in Orlando. It was in a highly-acclaimed teaching hospital in the north, but the interns who took care of me didn't realize I was having a serious issue.

In Florida, I'm able to make doctor appointments much quicker than family who still live in the Mid-Atlantic region. We're the land of the old people, and I include myself in that, so we have doctor offices on every street corner.

All will depend on where you are. But I'm just saying for those thinking of moving to Florida, we have many high quality healthcare facilities, so don't write all of Florida healthcare as inferior.
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:08 AM
 
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I've never been to Florida so can not comment on the healthcare but I am from Buffalo with the medical school, medical corridor and plenty of options for medical care. But.... over the years they have now designated certain hospitals for certain procedures. When my dad needed open heart in the middle of winter - it was scheduled at the southern most hospital - a 30 minute ride in good weather - which it was unfortunately not so between the snow and the construction - it took us almost an hour to get there some days.

Now it is quality care - but like my mom - many seniors need rides for these procedures and testing which can be difficult for them to find. Plus we had a woman break her hip on the ice - outside the office, an employee break her wrist in the hospital parking lot as she was going into work and numerous people in car crashes while on their way to an appt. There is good and bad no matter where you go.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:54 PM
 
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Have you considered the Bradenton/Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch area? Lakewood Ranch Medical Center got a LeapFrog A rating for Spring 2018 (but had a C in both Fall 2017 and Spring 2015, no rating listed for 2016) so it's hard to say what it will stay at. GreyHawk Landing in Bradenton is just north of LWR but is not 55+, though it does have amenities and social clubs. I think that within Lakewood Ranch proper they might have actual 55+ communities but they do have higher fees there depending on the neighborhood and what amenities it offers. I think Sarasota Memorial and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota also had A ratings for Spring 2018.
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Old 11-07-2018, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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One of the discussions that my parents had with many other residents down there was medical care. They talked to one couple whose wife had an aneurism. She went to the local hospital and they did helo her to a hospital in Gainesville, FL for the surgery. Otherwise, the others who have not had big health scares seem to enjoy their doctors down there. Apparently there is a group run under/by United Health Care (although they take other insurances) where you see one primary and they link you to other specialists as you need them, all while having your electronic record in one place. It's been working out very good for some of the residents there who really need their care managed. Or, you can just pick your own doctors. But, yeah, I get it--it's not a major medical town/center such as we have here in the DC area.



And I know that things can change in a blink of an eye, but they are lucky in that they are very healthy. My mother, at 75, is on ZERO medications and my father, I believe, takes an NSAID daily for chronic arthritis in the neck and ankle.



Hopefully, they won't need sophisticated medical care but I do know that is something that would be great to have right next door. So I do know that it is lacking in that area but I had not heard the word "horrible" used in regard to The Villages.
Except for that one couple, they were obviously talking to people that have not had a serious or continual medical condition. My family and several of their friends have and the word "horrible" was used a LOT. Jay
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Old 11-07-2018, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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JayCT, I have actually said the same thing about the medical care in all of Florida. The surgeons nearly killed me. My dentist wound up traveling to NYC to go to a doctor since his doctors couldn't cure him and had trouble diagnosing him. My friend's husband was transported to the hospital having seizures. After several tests they told him it was stress. Then while he was on vacation in Canada he had another seizure and was taken by ambulance to a Canadian hospital. They said it was a cardiac event... not stress... and he needed a pacemaker immediately. I've spoken to a lot of people who complain about medical care all over FL.
Unfortunately this is true for many parts of Florida. I have family members throughout the state and quality healthcare for most is difficult. One elderly couple in the West Palm Beach area traveled over an hour looking for good care after trying for years in their area but finally gave up and came back north. I will say that Jacksonville has the highly rated Mayo Clinic. I have family there and they like it a lot though they do not have serious medical issues. Still it has a great reputation. Jay
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