Nursing Homes

Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities See Major Increase In COVID-19 Cases

Apr 8, 2020
Caridad Smith uses hand sanitizer before eating lunch at Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers of Dade County, Inc., on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Miami.
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

The number of reported COVID-19 infections at nursing homes and assisted living facilities has quintupled during the past week, increasing to 415 cases in 41 Florida counties, including 33 cases in Duval County.

Florida's Nursing Homes Grapple With Generator Requirement

Dec 4, 2019
12 of 14 deaths at the facility were ruled homicides by the Broward County Medical Examiner in November 2017.
Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald/WLRN

Time is ticking for the state’s long-term care providers to comply with a requirement to have backup generators and fuel or face fines or even the possible revocation of their licenses.

Florida House Backs Rule For Nursing Home Generators

Feb 28, 2018
Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
NICK TOMECEK / NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS VIA AP

A House committee has agreed to take steps to ratify a rule requiring nursing homes to have backup-power sources but didn’t endorse similar requirements for assisted living facilities because of concerns about the costs.

Nursing Homes Can Seek Variances From Generator Rules

Oct 12, 2017
Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
NICK TOMECEK / NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS VIA AP

Shortly before attorneys for the state prepared to defend emergency regulations calling for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can power air-conditioning systems, Gov. Rick Scott's administration Thursday released a new emergency rule that lays out a variance process for facilities that cannot comply with the requirements.

Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
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Pointing to “impossible” timeframes, an industry group has filed a legal challenge to new requirements by Gov. Rick Scott's administration that nursing homes and assisted-living facilities quickly install generators to power air-conditioning systems.

Survey: Majority of Floridians Concerned About Nursing Home Costs

Sep 26, 2017
Nursing home
NICK TOMECEK / NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS VIA AP

Nearly three-fourths of Floridians are concerned about the costs of nursing-home care, with the worries highest among women,  according to results of the annual USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released Tuesday by the University of South Florida.

Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
NICK TOMECEK / NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS VIA AP

Calling the deaths of eight seniors last week an “isolated incident,” a nursing-home industry group will hold a meeting Friday to discuss a move by Gov. Rick Scott to require nursing homes to be equipped with generators to power air-conditioning systems when electricity goes out.

Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage, Financial News and Daily Record reporter David Cawton, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski (01:07). We spoke with Jacksonville attorney Steve Watrel. He often represents nursing home residents and their families regarding abuse and neglect cases (30:55). Activist rabbi Merrill Shapiro talked about concerns he has with Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (37:14) and the band Mariachi Primera Costa performed live in-studio (45:12). 

   

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Some nursing home representatives are cheering the delay of a state legislative proposal that would have changed how Medicaid funds flow to assisted living facilities in Florida.

Right now, facilities bill the state for care and are reimbursed. The plan would allott the homes a flat rate.

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With two weeks left in the legislative session, some Jacksonville elder care providers are rallying supporters against a Senate-proposed change to how nursing homes are funded.


River Garden Senior Services

Florida Senate budget chiefs Wednesday greenlit a spending plan that includes a new formula for reimbursing nursing homes.

Opponents say the proposal would cut Medicaid dollars for top performing homes, while proponents argue it’ll result in a more equitable distribution of state funds.


Florida has stopped most inspections and complaint investigations in nursing homes, health clinics and other health-care facilities. Now the inspectors only go out if there’s case that’s life and death. Congress stopped paying the Medicare agency, so that agency stopped paying the states.

Austin Curry, director of Elder Care Advocacy of Florida, was appalled when he found out.

“This is a travesty, above all things to curtail is nursing home inspections”, Curry said.

The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state of Florida over hundreds of medically fragile children living in nursing homes. In the suit filed on Monday, the feds are calling for Florida to make sweeping changes to how it cares for the children, and to treat them at home whenever possible.