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Nursing Home Deaths: FL Governor Order Facilities to Get Generators

Following the deaths of eight elderly patients who spent three days in a smoldering hot nursing home, Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered nursing homes and assisted living facilities Saturday to obtain generators and the fuel necessary to run them within 60 days.

Nursing Home Where 8 People Died Had Emergency Plan with Copy-Paste Passages, No Mention of Air Conditioning

When the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills submitted its 43-page emergency management plan to county administrators in July, it included details on how the home would maintain clean linen, distribute canned food and ensure residents had access to hand sanitizers. It made no mention of how residents would be kept cool if the home’s power was lost. That was a tragic oversight…

‘A Multitude of Failures’ in Nursing Home Deaths

While a vast majority of the state’s assisted living facilities have power, 193 are using generators, 182 have reported being closed, and 177 reported post-storm evacuations, according to a news release from state health officials.

EDITORIAL: Nursing Home Bill of Rights Deserves Support

Two months after 12 elderly people died of insufferable heat at a nursing home in Hollywood — a tragedy officially ruled homicide — it might seem beyond belief that anyone would object to a bill of rights for residents in long-term care.

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