Gov. Rick Scott announced Saturday he was directing two state agencies to implement emergency rules for all 685 nursing homes and 3,109 assisted living facilities in the state requiring them to obtain generators and fuel that could sustain operations for at least 96 hours after a power outage.
Florida’s nursing home industry expressed support for Scott’s emergency rule, but it has concerns about the practicality of implementing it -- especially in time for the end of this hurricane season, says Mary Ellen Klas of The Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau.
To address their concerns, the industry’s trade association has called a “Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit” for Friday in Tallahassee.
The rules come after eight residents at the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hillsin Hollywood died Wednesday when a portable air cooler malfunctioned.
Source: Lobby Tools