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77 Percent of State’s Nursing Homes Don’t Have Permanent Generators

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.

Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bills Requiring Backup Power at Nursing Homes

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.

OUR TAKE: Residents’ ‘Rights’ Real Threat to Nursing Home Empires

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, […]

Nursing Homes Need Improved Emergency Plans. But Who Will Verify Them?

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.

Florida Governor’s Cellphone Was Bottleneck in Irma Response

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.

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