Families for Better Care (FFBC) announced today that nursing home enforcement is failing residents in far too many states.
Following the deaths of 14 residents at a Hollywood nursing home, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson plans to draft legislation designating an official in each state to oversee nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson organized a Congressional Field Hearing Thursday at Miami Dade College’s North Campus to hear ideas for possible changes to nursing home regulations.
Even though Albertina Vega is dead and the sweltering nursing home where she died is shut down, the facility still billed her on what would have been her 100th birthday.
The Midtown nursing home where a resident was found with maggot infested open, wounds and later died, faced serious trouble with federal regulators over the past nine months.
One by one, the calls for help poured in from nurses at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Mostly the voices were calm, but the situation was dire.
After the shocking deaths last month in the sweltering Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Gov. Rick Scott announced an emergency requirement that all nursing homes install back-up power generators within 60 days…but on Thursday, his administration announced there might be some wiggle room, saying that in “extreme circumstances” waivers may be granted.
Florida lawmakers are promising to shore up nursing laws to prevent another Hurricane Irma tragedy, but recent history shows that well-intentioned legislative fixes to safeguard residents often fall short of their intended goal.
A state office charged with inspecting and investigating complaints against nursing homes has become less of a watchdog under Gov. Rick Scott.
The story is an old one and never seems to change – the shame of America’s nursing homes.