Your parent lost their driving privilege and you have been told they should get a Florida ID card but don't know why you need it or perhaps you don't know how to obtain it. From voting to handling legal affairs an ID card is helpful where one no longer maintains a driver's license.
Here is a 5 step process to obtaining a Florida ID Card
1. Primary Identification: Be prepared to present one of the listed identification documents as proof of citizenship or legal presence:
a. Certified United States birth certificate, including territories and District of Columbia
b. Valid United States Passport or Passport Card
c. Consular Report of Birth Abroad
d. Certificate of Naturalization, Form N-550 or Form N-570
e. Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561IMPORTANT NOTE: For individuals who have changed their name at some point due to marriage, divorce, or court order you will need to present an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate or court order. This is true regardless of whether Florida had previously issued a Florida Driver's license. If you have had multiple name changes be prepared to show the full chain.
2. Proof of Social Security Number: Gather one original of the following documents that show your complete name and social security number:
a. Social Security card
must be an original in your current full name
b. W-2 form (not handwritten)
c. Pay check/stub
e. Any 1099 (not handwritten)
f. None: If you do not have a Social Security Number visit:
3. Proofs of Residential Address: Gather TWO different documents from the following list showing your residential address: (internet printouts or faxes of these documents are acceptable)
Note: Your current driver license or ID card may not be used as proof of residential address. Proof must come from two different types of source.
5. At appointment: Show up at the appointment the documents you have gathered. Be prepared to pay the fee. The cost of an original ID card, renewal, or replacement Florida ID is $25. If your Florida ID card has expired before you renew it, you will have to pay a delinquent fee of $15 on top of the original $25 renewal fee.
All Florida state-sponsored DHSMV service centers accept these payment options:
Genworth, a long-term care insurance provider, has just released the findings of its 2016 survey on the costs of providing long-term care. Not surprisingly, costs have increased since the 2015 survey. In fact, costs have steadily risen over the past 13 years since Genworth began tracking them.*
Long-term care can be provided in a variety of settings, as explained below, and many people use the full range of services as needs increase. Families are often shocked to find out how much long-term care can cost, especially when they learn that Medicare benefits are limited for these services. Unless the person has long-term care insurance, they will likely pay for this care out-of-pocket—from savings, home equity and, often, other family members’ assets. Knowing the kinds of services available, current costs and historical rates of cost increases can help us plan for future costs of long-term care.
Homemaker Services: These include help with “hands off” care such as cooking, cleaning, running errands and providing companionship. The national median hourly rate for 2016 is $20, up 2.56% from 2015—more than the average increase of 2.13% over the last five years.
Home Health Aide Services: This is “hand-on” personal care for which a skilled nurse does not need to be present. A home health aide will typically help with bathing, dressing, transferring and toileting. The national median hourly rate for 2016 is $20 ($3,813 per month, based on 44 hours of care per week), up 1.25% since 2015—slightly less than the average increase of 1.28% over the last five years.
Adult Day Health Care: These community-based facilities provide social and support services in a protective setting for those who are functionally and/or severely cognitively impaired, helping the individuals live more independently in the community and giving relief to caregivers. Most are designed to offer socialization, supervision and structured activities. Some provide personal care, transportation, medical management and meals. The national median daily rate is $68 ($1,473 per month, based on five days per week). This is a decrease of 1.25% from 2015 costs, but the average increase has been 2.53% over the last five years. Government subsidies may be available based on ability to pay.
Assisted Living Facilities: These residential facilities provide personal care, health services, and room and board, but the level of care may not be as extensive as that of a nursing home. Both small group homes and large multi-service facilities qualified as assisted living facilities for purposes of this survey. The national median monthly rate is $3,628, up .78% from 2015, with an average increase of 2.16% over the last five years.
Nursing Home Care: These facilities often have a higher level of supervision and care than assisted living facilities, with personal care assistance, room and board, medication, therapies and rehabilitation, and 24-hour on-site nursing care. The national median daily rate for a semi-private room is $225 ($6,843 per month), up 2.27% since 2015, with an average increase of 3.12% over the last five years. National median daily rate for a private room is $253 ($7,695 per month), up 1.24% since 2015, with an average increase of 3.51% over the last five years.
* Surveys are conducted by CareScout, a Genworth company. CareScout created the nation’s first quality of care ratings system for certified nursing home and home care providers, and helps families find quality care providers for their long-term care needs. For more information, visit CareScout.com.
The benefits of exercise and being physically active are well known for people of all ages, but it becomes increasingly important as we age. Regular exercise and physical activity can help you to:
The truth is that almost anyone, regardless of age or health condition, can safely do some kind of exercise or physical activity. The trick is to start slowly, be conscious of any limitations, be creative and find some activities that are enjoyable. Studies continue to report on the benefits of just 10 minutes of activity at a time. Here are some suggestions if you have physical limitations:
In all cases, use common sense. Break exercises into simple, easy-to-follow steps. Wear comfortable clothes and suitable shoes. Don’t try to do too much at a time but do exercise regularly. Drink water before, during and after. And remember, any amount of exercise is better than none at all!
More information about exercise and physical activity for older adults is available at the National Institute on Aging’s website.
Jason A. Waddell is a Board Certified Florida Elder Law Attorney who practices on the Panhandle of Florida.