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Florida May Crack Down on Assisted Living Facilities After All

Elizabeth Koh (PHOTO CREDIT: Amy Beth Bennett | South Florida Sun Sentinel) - Nov 5, 2019

A bill that would have given assisted living facilities weeks, rather than days, to report adverse incidents like death or abuse was amended Tuesday to restore existing stricter requirements, after elder advocates warned the change could leave residents in harm’s way. The bill, which makes several other changes to state statutes governing assisted living facilities, would have removed...

Troubled Rastelle Manor Assisted Living Facility in Daytona Beach Closed

Nikki Ross (PHOTO CREDIT: Daytona Beach News Journal) - Oct 18, 2019

Rastelle Manor Assisted Living Facility, which has been fined for “deplorable” conditionsand was the subject of multiple calls to local law enforcement regarding dangerous residents and other issues, has officially shut its doors. On Friday, Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration spokesman Patrick Manderfield said Rastelle Manor’s administrator reported that the...

Is Avoiding Paperwork More Vital Than Elders’ Safety?

Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board (PHOTO CREDIT: Tampa Bay Times) - Oct 16, 2019

Florida ranks first in the nation for residents at least 65 years old, and the number of seniors continues to grow. Yet a state senator wants to close the lid on key reports involving residents of assisted living facilities who die or are seriously injured. There is no good reason to withhold this information, and the Legislature should stand firmly on the side of Florida’s seniors and...

ALF Industry Pushes Bill to Lower Reporting Requirements for Deaths, Serious Injuries

Elizabeth Koh (PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA) - Oct 11, 2019

When a resident in one of Florida’s assisted living facilities falls, dies or is seriously injured, that facility is required to tell the state within one business day that something has gone wrong. But a bill before lawmakers would give operators weeks to report such critical incidents — potentially leaving residents in harm’s way, elder advocates warn. Industry groups...

Nursing Home Kitchens in 'Horrible' Condition

Marjie Lundstrom - Oct 3, 2019

Flies buzzing the undercooked hamburgers. Cockroaches scurrying for cover behind the oven. A moldy ice machine. Mystery debris, clinging to the crevices of a meat slicer. Hundreds of mouse droppings, trailing across the hood of the stove. These incidents are not logged in any restaurant inspector’s notebook. They are among the thousands of food safety violations discovered in the last...
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