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.
A Broward County nursing home has expanded a lawsuit challenging moves by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that effectively shut down the facility after residents died following Hurricane Irma.
The elderly residents who languished in sweat-box misery at a Hollywood nursing home after Hurricane Irma were the victims of sickening negligence — but whose?
The air conditioning was not working in the summer heat and some residents of a nursing home adjacent to a hospital in Florida lost their lives. Five died with body temperatures ranging from 103 to 106.4 degrees. This, however, was not the Hollywood nursing home in 2017.
Many of America’s roughly 15,600 nursing homes are unprepared for disasters like Hurricane Irma, which recently killed 11 elderly patients in South Florida after the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power. “This could have happened anywhere…”
“Somewhere in between, the misery of a nursing home teetering toward tragedy was reported to every official channel, but no attempt was made to transfer the residents to a safer place, or even to the air-conditioned hospital practically next door.“
We hear from listeners about their decisions about elder care for themselves and parents. And Brian Lee of Families for Better Care talks about what people should know.
Florida’s nursing homes and assisted-living facilities find themselves in an unfamiliar place this week — pushing back against Gov. Rick Scott’s administration over new rules that require them to purchase generator capacity by Nov. 15 to keep their residents safe and comfortable in a power outage.
Gov. Rick Scott learned quickly how the politics of natural disasters can shift. As Hurricane Irma approached, all the state’s attention focused on him. During daily briefings, Scott looked controlled and in charge. Though the usually impassive governor began flubbing lines after a few days, he still looked good. He looked human, showing the effects of round-the-clock stress.