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.
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.
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.
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.