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Aristocrat Nursing Home Fined by State in Patient Death

By Liz Freeman The Aristocrat nursing home in North Naples has settled disciplinary action with state authorities for failure to care for a 90-year-old man who was left outside for hours in the hot sun last year, state records show. The settlement in March requires Aristocrat to pay a $15,000 fine to state regulators, on […]

Three Area Nursing Homes Added to State Watch List

By Barbara Peters Smith Three Southwest Florida nursing homes have been added in the last six months to the list of facilities where state inspectors have found problems severe or persistent enough to single them out for extra monitoring. They are Brookdale Palmer Ranch Skilled Nursing Facility and Tarpon Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in […]

Nurse Accused of Stealing Patients’ Pills at DeLand Nursing Home

By Blaine Tollison A nurse is off the job at a Volusia County nursing home after she was accused of taking prescription pills from patients. Authorities said the woman was working at the University Center East nursing home on East New York Avenue in DeLand. Christine Plaster, a licensed practical nurse, was arrested and charged with stealing […]

No Criminal Charges in Wheelchair Death at Belleville Nursing Home

By Beth Hundsdorfer St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone said Monday his investigation into the death of a woman found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs at a Belleville nursing home found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. “But there may be civil liability that the family undoubtedly will explore,” Stone said. Juanita […]

Jilted in Nursing Home Bids, 27 Companies Complain to State

By Christopher Curry The state’s first open competition for new nursing home beds in more than a decade opened the floodgates on applications. It now has brought a deluge of legal challenges from companies that did not win approval. Twenty-seven companies have filed administrative challenges against the Agency for Health Care Administration. The firms say […]

Bayville Nursing Home Evacuated In Hazmat Incident, Police Said

By MaryAnn Spoto Residents of a nursing home in Berkeley’s Bayville section were evacuated on Thursday because of separate diesel fuel and propane leaks at the building, authorities said. Fire officials went to the Crystal Lake Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center on an anonymous tip of a heavy odor of diesel fuel, police chief Karin DiMichele […]

Bad Nursing Homes Could Face Three-Strike Rule

By J. David McSwane Nursing homes that chronically fail inspections could more easily lose their licenses under a three-strike bill headed to the Senate after passing out of a committee Wednesday. Responding to reports that ranked Texas near last in quality of nursing home care, along with a once-in-a-decade review that found the state wasn’t cracking […]

New Florida Nursing Home Ratings ‘Worse Than Imagined’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Source: http://bit.ly/NewFLNHRatings TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, Brian Lee, Executive Director of Families for Better Care, called freshly recalibrated Florida nursing home scores “worse than imagined” for residents, families, and providers. The news scores are the result of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the scoring methodology for the national database Nursing Home […]

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