nursing homes

Cabinet Taps St. Lucie for Vets' Nursing Home

Sep 23, 2014
Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday selected St. Lucie County as the site of the state's next nursing home for military veterans -- and indicated they might consider another new nursing home next year.

Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam voted unanimously to approve the western Port St. Lucie site, which the Department of Veterans' Affairs had recommended for the state's seventh veterans' nursing home.

Legislature Could Start Earlier

Mar 28, 2014

Lawmakers, staff members and lobbyists might get a chance in 2016 to enjoy Florida's spring weather. 

The House voted 102-11 on Thursday to approve a bill (HB 9) that would move up the start of the annual legislative session to January in even-numbered years. Lawmakers typically go into session in early March and stick around the Capitol for 60 days.

A Senate bill (SB 72) would move up the starting date of the 2016 session but would not make the change for later years.

Also in the Capitol on Thursday: 

Per-person Medicare spending, much higher in Florida than all but one other state, has seen a dramatic increase in "post-acute" services -- nursing homes, home-health services, rehabilitation, and so on. And there is no rhyme or reason to the spending; patients who are much alike may be sent to nursing homes in one region, sent home in another. 

This is the second time I've had a close-up look at how hospice operates. Again, I am struck by how wonderful the nurses are; also, what a relief it is not to have to fend off unwanted treatments.

My family's first encounter was with my father, who died a most horrible of deaths, from Lewy Body Dementia. (Lewy Bodies are plaques on the brain, named for their discoverer).