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Governor, state senator promise greater scrutiny of senior living abuse allegations

Governor, state senator promise greater scrutiny of senior living abuse allegations

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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.

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

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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.

Florida provider groups go back to court over generator rules

Florida provider groups go back to court over generator rules

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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."

Florida provider groups cheer generator ruling as governor promises appeal

Florida provider groups cheer generator ruling as governor promises appeal

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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.

Court rejects industry challenge to generator mandate

Court rejects industry challenge to generator mandate

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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.

More news for Friday, Oct. 13

Foundation for Senior Living joins self-driving car public education campaign ... December Fed rate hike all but certain despite low inflation ... Florida operators can seek generator-rule variance ... Resident with dementia who was at center of spoon-feeding controversy dies

Wildfires destroy, force evacuations at California senior living communities

Wildfires destroy, force evacuations at California senior living communities

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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.

New law creates LGBT 'Bill of Rights' for California assisted living, nursing home residents

New law creates LGBT 'Bill of Rights' for California assisted living, nursing home residents

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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.

More news for Friday, Oct. 6

Best Buy bets on adults remotely monitoring their aging parents ... Florida governor wants assisted living rules in constitution ... Brookdale residents celebrate their movie productions at 'aging film festival' ... GOP budget that cuts $1 trillion from Medicaid over next decade may be smokescreen

States increasing regulatory requirements for assisted living, report says

States increasing regulatory requirements for assisted living, report says

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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 petitions for temporary injunction on generator rule

Florida Argentum petitions for temporary injunction on generator rule

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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.

2 more associations join Florida generator rule fight

2 more associations join Florida generator rule fight

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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 files legal challenge to 'impractical' generator rule

LeadingAge Florida files legal challenge to 'impractical' generator rule

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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.

More news for Tuesday, Sept. 26

Florida assisted living reports will continue to be redacted ... Vision and hearing loss are tied to cognitive decline ... 488,332 affordable housing units at risk in next 5 years

More news for Friday, Sept. 22

Florida state officials clarify generator rule for assisted living communities ... Florida assisted living communities, association concerned about tight generator deadline ... Welltower donates $30M headquarters property to University of Toledo ... Minnesota assisted living community has two cases of Legionnaires' ... Disney legend and centenarian shares longevity secrets

Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

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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.

Iowa ombudsman's office to stop AL, SNF visits due to budget cuts

Iowa ombudsman's office to stop AL, SNF visits due to budget cuts

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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.

Senior living operator withheld details of fingerprint scanning program, lawsuit claims

Senior living operator withheld details of fingerprint scanning program, lawsuit claims

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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 scraps proposed assisted living changes, to reboot effort

Florida scraps proposed assisted living changes, to reboot effort

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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.

More news for Tuesday, Aug. 22

Lifetime costs for someone with dementia are $321,780 ... Only 18% of Hispanics over 40 confident that assisted living can meet their cultural needs ... Sedentary behavior increases risk of death for frail, inactive adults ... Assisted living is preferred choice of aging adults in Minnesota ... Guy Fieri to open Flavortown restaurant in The Villages

Assisted living community rating site is unique in country, group says

Assisted living community rating site is unique in country, group says

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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.

Union tactic may delay Missouri's 'right to work' law

Union tactic may delay Missouri's 'right to work' law

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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.

Proposed rule burdens operators, hurts residents, Florida Argentum says

Proposed rule burdens operators, hurts residents, Florida Argentum says

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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.

NJ law increases requirements, decreases some fines in reporting of suspected abuse cases

NJ law increases requirements, decreases some fines in reporting of suspected abuse cases

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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.

$385,000 in grants will fund workforce initiatives

$385,000 in grants will fund workforce initiatives

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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.

More news for Thursday, Aug. 3

New website rates assisted living communities in California ... Former LPN charged with sex offenses against residents, having child porn on phone ... Report details dementia care efforts across Massachusetts

Report calls for regulatory changes to address acuity, staffing challenges

Report calls for regulatory changes to address acuity, staffing challenges

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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.

Healthiest states for seniors: Minnesota can celebrate; Mississippi? Not so much

Healthiest states for seniors: Minnesota can celebrate; Mississippi? Not so much

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Minnesota is the healthiest state for older adults, and Mississippi is the least healthy, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation.

Camera-loaning program expansion concerns New Jersey provider groups

Camera-loaning program expansion concerns New Jersey provider groups

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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.

More news for Wednesday, April 26

About 100 California assisted living communities closed or put on probation in past year ... Assisted living operator fights $12,500 fine imposed for evicting residents ... Forget millennials: Seniors are poised to reshape the housing market

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Nov. 22

Mailed merriment

Eden Prairie, MN

Some recipients of holiday cards from New Perspective Senior Living this year are in for a special treat.