Florida Long-Term Care COVID Deaths Top 6,000Florida has topped 6,000 deaths of long-term care residents and staff members from COVID-19, as the virus continues to attack seniors and people with underlying health conditions.
COVID Testing Aid Going To Senior CommunitiesFlorida has received its first shipment of 400,000 rapid “antigen” test kits from the federal government, and Gov. Ron DeSantis announced at a news conference Tuesday that 100,000 will be sent to assisted living facilities to test staff members and visitors for the novel coronavirus.
Nursing Home Industry Group Requests Immunity From Legal Action During COVID-19 PandemicThe Florida Health Care Association sent a letter to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this month. In it, the industry group asks for immunity from legal action for a broad array of health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Many Florida Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities Lack Generators As Storm Season NearsJust weeks before another hurricane season, large numbers of Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the storm-battered state continue to struggle to meet requirements that they have backup power generator to keep facilities cool.
Assisted Living Facilities Face $280 Million Tab For GeneratorsGovernor Rick Scott's mandate that all assisted living facilities have generators and 96 hours of backup fuel will cost the industry about $280 million, according to estimates published Wednesday by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
Senate Panel: Crack Down On Unlicensed Assisted Living Facilities A Florida Senate panel Tuesday instructed the Agency for Health Care Administration to draft legislation --- fast --- that would allow the state to shut down unlicensed assisted-living facilities as quickly as possible.
Troubled Munne Center Finally ClosedOne of the most notorious assisted living facilities in Miami-Dade County finally shuts its doors this week.