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Agencies Reissue Emergency Generator Rules

Dec 19, 2017

A pair of emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators and fuel supplies to keep temperatures at 80 degrees for at least 96 hours have been reissued by Gov. Rick Scott's administration, even though they were invalidated by a state administrative judge in October.

South Florida's Assisted Living Facilities were the subject of a series of 2011 Miami Herald reports alleging lax oversight and abuse of residents in several South Florida facilities. Now, years later, Florida lawmakers are inching closer on bills cracking down on the industry.

Experts say most of us begin planning too late for the help we might need as we get older. 

On Florida Matters this week, we take a look at long-term care, including costs, legal issues and how you can start the conversation with your loved ones. 

Elder law attorney Emma Hemness tells WUSF's Carson Cooper few middle class people can afford long-term care.

Bay Gardens Retirement Village in Tampa no longer has a license to operate as an assisted living facility. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the facility lost that license in 2010 after years of endangering and neglecting patients. But as a review of public records and interviews with former tenants by the Times shows, Hillsborough County continued to pay for people to live there, even though many of them were sick and needed more care than Bay Gardens was able or allowed to provide.

Bradenton Times

Life Care Center of Sarasota has become the first Florida skilled nursing and rehab facility to win the Gold National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association, a spokeswoman for the nursing-home association says. 

The award, co-sponsored by that group and the National Center for Assisted Living, has gone to only 18 facilities across the country, including five this year.