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One-fifth of Florida’s nursing homes on state’s watch list

Families for Better Care

TALLAHASSEE – State records show that 20 percent of Florida’s nursing homes fail to abide by minimum care standards or fail to properly correct identified problems after an inspection.

More than two-dozen cities are home to multiple watch list facilities; those with the highest concentration include Jacksonville (10), Miami (6), Saint Petersburg (6), and Winter Haven (5).

“It’s distressing to think that so many elderly and disabled residents receive mediocre care,” said Brian Lee, Executive Director of Families for Better Care.  “But what’s just as shocking is how long some of these facilities actually remain on the list.”

Over the last 30 months, some nursing homes have been on the list for months—even years.

The following details those nursing homes on the state’s watch list for 100 days or more:


“The sheer volume of facilities on the watch list proves that operators and regulators have to do a much better job safeguarding residents and their rights,” commented Lee.  “Our parents and grandparents deserve better.”

Click here for complete watch list information.

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Families for Better Care, Inc. is a citizen advocacy organization dedicated to quality resident care in nursing homes and other long-term care settings.  Executive Director Brian Lee served as Florida’s State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for most of the past decade.