While relieved from possible 20-year ban, the beleaguered Consulate Health Care nursing home chain has more obstacles in its path before it can reopen the 120-bed facility.
When a dozen seniors died last summer after temperatures reached 99 degrees in their powerless nursing home, Florida Gov. Rick Scott made it a priority to require such elder care centers be equipped with an on-site emergency power source, preferably built-in generators.
Consulate Health Care, Florida’s largest nursing home provider, represents a growing trend nationally: a large corporation made up of a network of related businesses operating nursing homes at a profit for their investors.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities now will be required to have a backup power source capable of keeping residents cool during power outages — part of the state’s efforts to prevent the elderly from dying in sweltering heat after hurricanes.
By Brian Lee, FFBC Executive Director Once again, the nursing home lobbyists have strapped up their boots, donned their black hats, and rode out on their trusty steeds to make quick work of Public Enemy No 1. Just what’s this foreboding menace looming over their horizon? Why it’s none other than Proposal 88. Proposal 88, […]
People are being mistreated and dying in Florida’s nursing homes because state officials are allowing these facilities to stay open despite a history of broken regulations and failures.
A proposal requiring nursing homes to have generators is now on its way to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk, after state lawmakers unanimously approved a bill Monday ratifying the rule.
Dozens of Florida nursing homes with long records of failing to meet state and federal standards operate with little risk of being shut down.
A report by the Florida House’s Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness includes recommendations on how to improve emergency management plans from nursing homes and assisted living facilities. But the recommendations are thin on oversight that would make sure those plans are better verified.
As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida, Gov. Rick Scott gave out his cellphone number during a conference call with administrators of the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He told them to contact him if they ran into problems, and he would try to get help. So they did, 120 times according to phone records released this week. Nearly all the calls went directly to voice mail.