Nursing Homes

Nicole Raucheisen-Naples Daily News

Hurricane Irma drew attention to nursing homes in Florida after 12 residents at a rehabilitation center in Hollywood died following a power outage caused by the storm. But, the issues surrounding nursing homes in the state run much deeper than a lack of generators. We’re sitting down today with News Press watchdog reporter and columnist, Melanie Payne to find out what she has uncovered with Naples Daily News reporter Ryan Mills in their series of stories about nursing homes in the sunshine state.

Many Nursing Homes, ALFs Don’t Meet Power Requirements

Jun 4, 2018

Months after Gov. Rick Scott promised a hard line against nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, much of the industry is not in compliance with new rules as the state heads into the 2018 hurricane season.

Report Targets AHCA Over Nursing Home Verifications

May 7, 2018

The state Agency for Health Care Administration failed to verify that nursing homes properly corrected deficiencies cited by agency staff in 2015, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general’s office. 

Florida health officials will not allow new patients to be admitted to an assisted living facility associated with a nursing home where a dozen residents died after the facility lost power in a hurricane.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida will now be required to have power generators under new rules signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

The rules require senior living facilities to install generators and fuel to power air-conditioning systems. Lawmakers passed the legislation after 12 residents of a Hollywood nursing home died during power outages in the days after Hurricane Irma passed over South Florida.

Facilities have until July 1 to comply.

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