Minnesota's governor and a legislator who leads the state Senate's Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Committee promised increased scrutiny of senior living communities and the state health department Wednesday after the Star Tribune newspaper published a five-part series about elder abuse.
Florida assisted living and nursing home operators say they will avoid potential $1,000-per-day fines and loss of licensure after an appeals court Tuesday handed down a decision that emergency rules requiring them to have generators and fuel in place by Nov. 15 did not remain in effect while Gov. Rick Scott appealed a previous court decision that the rules were "invalid exercises of delegated legislative authority" by state officials. The governor disagrees.
LeadingAge Florida and Florida Argentum filed an emergency joint motion Tuesday asking an appeals court to prevent state agencies from enforcing generator rules that have a Nov. 15 compliance deadline. The action stems from disagreement over the ramifications of a state Division of Administrative Hearings decision Friday that the emergency rules "are invalid exercises of delegated legislative authority."
Organizations representing Florida assisted living and nursing home operators cheered Friday's decision by the state's Division of Administrative Hearings that invalidated two emergency rules put in motion Sept. 16 by Gov. Rick Scott. The rules had given them 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least 96 hours following a power outage.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) scored a victory over senior living providers, when an appellate court Thursday rejected their challenge to emergency rules requiring generator installations.
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Several senior living communities have been evacuated, and at least one has been destroyed, as wildfires continue to burn across parts of California.
A bill signed into law Oct. 4 by California Gov. Jerry Brown establishes a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents' Bill of Rights to protect LGBT older adults in the state from discrimination or mistreatment in ALFs and SNFs.
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States gradually are increasing their oversight of assisted living communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Assisted Living.
Florida Argentum has asked the state's First District Court of Appeal to issue a temporary injunction against Gov. Rick Scott's emergency rule, which sets a Nov. 15 deadline for all assisted living communities and nursing homes in the Sunshine State to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least four days after a power outage.
Two associations representing assisted living operators have joined LeadingAge Florida in challenging an emergency rule issued Sept. 16 that gave assisted living communities in the Sunshine State 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least four days after a power outage.
LeadingAge Florida on Tuesday filed a legal challenge to Gov. Rick Scott's Sept. 16 emergency rule giving assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least four days after a power outage.
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Following the death of eight residents of a facility that lost air conditioning as a result of Hurricane Irma, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday gave all assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state 60 days to obtain generators.
The Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman Office has cut almost all staff visits to assisted living communities and nursing homes because of budget cuts, and some advocates say that decision is problematic.
A potential class action lawsuit filed Aug. 17 against Senior Lifestyle Corp. accuses the company of not informing workers in writing about how it would protect the digital fingerprint scans that it required of employees.
Florida's Department of Elder Affairs has withdrawn a proposed rule that was challenged by Florida Argentum, which said the changes would have financially burdened assisted living operators and would have had several negative effects on residents and their families while not recognizing differences between assisted living and skilled nursing.
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A new website is rating assisted living communities in San Diego County in what a consumer group says is unique effort in California and the entire country.
The Missouri AFL-CIO plans to present about 300,000 petition signatures to the secretary of state's office on Friday. The move is part of an effort to delay implementation of the state's new "right to work" law.
Officials with Florida Argentum have filed a legal challenge to a proposed rule that they say would financially burden assisted living operators in the Sunshine State and have several negative effects on residents and their families while not recognizing differences between assisted living and skilled nursing.
A new law in New Jersey increases reporting requirements for long-term care workers who suspect abuse or exploitation in their facilities but "inexplicably" reduces the maximum fine by 90% for individuals who don't report such incidents, according to a state provider organization.
Increasing the quantity and quality of the workforce serving the aging population is the ultimate goal of 17 grants totaling more than $385,000 that recently were awarded to rural LeadingAge Minnesota members.
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Many challenges faced by assisted living communities in a populous state can be attributed to staffing requirements that have not kept pace with resident needs that are increasing in acuity, according to a new report.
Minnesota is the healthiest state for older adults, and Mississippi is the least healthy, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation.
The expansion of a camera-loaning program in New Jersey means that families of senior living residents now may be equipped to secretly record the care of their loved ones, but organizations representing operators are concerned that the families may not be equipped to address privacy and other concerns.
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