ELDER CARE SITES NEED OVERSIGHT, REPORT FINDS
An article by Britt Kennerly in the September 26, 2011 edition of FLORIDA TODAY reports that an inquiry into Floridas assisted living facilities reveals deaths and neglect and that four Brevard assisted living facilities have been fined.
The article states that a shutdown of Floridas worst assisted living facilities and tougher oversight of thousands of the centers statewide are among massive changes called for in a just-released legislative study.
The Senates report demands stronger enforcement of regulations protecting ALF residents, including center closure in worst cases and stiffer penalties and licensing requirements.
It also cites the need for higher employee training standards and better funding of care, a critical need, lawmakers said, in a state expected to have 4.5 million seniors (65 and older) by 2020 21.3 percent of the e stimated population.
Many of the neglect and abuse deaths occur in the most troubled of the states ALFs, including those housing residents with chronic mental illness, according to the report.
Senate President Mike Haridopolis, R-Merritt Island, "has charged the Senate Committee on Health Regulation, as well as the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs to examine issues relating to assisted living facilities," said Lyndsey Cruley, communications director for Haridopolis office.
The two committees are expected to hear that report in coming weeks. The Senate study came after a Miami Herald investigation of the states 2,956 ALFs earlier this year. The Herald series reported that dozens of people have died of abuse and neglect in the facilities nearly one a month since 2002. Currently, oversight of the homes falls to the Agency for Health Care Administration.
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