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.
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.
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…”