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Georgia bill would require tougher long-term care worker background checks

Georgia bill would require tougher long-term care worker background checks

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More thorough background checks would be required of all Georgia assisted living community owners, workers with direct access to residents and applicants for jobs with duties that would put them in direct contact with residents under a bill now being considered by the state senate.

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Task force calls for big changes in assisted living, dementia care by 2020

Task force calls for big changes in assisted living, dementia care by 2020

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Minnesota will have a new assisted living license and new dementia care certification in less than two years if Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers follow the recommendations contained in a new report from a task force appointed by the governor to address concerns related to elder abuse.

Florida associations drop generator rule challenges

Florida associations drop generator rule challenges

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Associations representing assisted living operators in Florida have agreed to drop their legal challenges to a rule requiring them to install generators for resident safety during power outages. Instead, they will support a revised proposed rule issued Friday by the state Department of Elder Affairs, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday.

Colorado law aims to simplify licensing process for nurses

Colorado law aims to simplify licensing process for nurses

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A new law in Colorado aims to help address the state's nursing shortage and make it easier for the state's almost 90,000 nurses to respond to emergencies in other states by simplifying licensing procedures.

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

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The man behind a proposal that would add a "Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents' Bill of Rights" to the Florida constitution says it is an effort to "establish a situation where the rights of residents of long-term care facilities are at least on par with the rights of everyone else." At least one organization representing care and service providers, however, describes the proposal as "nothing more than an avaricious ploy by trial lawyers to profit from increased lawsuits."

Virginia resolution could lead to regulation of independent living

Virginia resolution could lead to regulation of independent living

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The Virginia Department of Social Services would study independent living communities to see whether state regulation and oversight would "help to ensure that residents ... are adequately protected" if a joint resolution introduced in the state legislature passes.

CCRC sees suicides as state approach to mental healthcare changes

CCRC sees suicides as state approach to mental healthcare changes

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An Alabama senior living community that has become home to several people with mental health challenges under the state's changing approach to behavioral healthcare saw three deaths by suicide and at least two attempted deaths by suicide among residents in 2017.

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New strategies will reduce veterans home Legionnaires' risk, governor says

New strategies will reduce veterans home Legionnaires' risk, governor says

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Following a seven-day stay at a veterans home that has been plagued with cases of Legionnaires' disease, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced near-term and longer-term plans to try to reduce the health risks for staff members and the 600 residents who live there.

Wisconsin campaign will encourage public to report abuse of senior living residents

Wisconsin campaign will encourage public to report abuse of senior living residents

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A new effort in Wisconsin will encourage the public to report cases of elder abuse occurring at Medicaid-funded and other senior living and care facilities, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has announced.

California operator cited $7 million for alleged labor law violations

California operator cited $7 million for alleged labor law violations

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The owner of six residential care facilities in Los Angeles paid caregivers as little as $2.40 an hour, did not pay them overtime and did not relieve them for breaks, the California Labor Commissioner's Office said Tuesday.

Former ombudsman gets $285,000 in settlement after being fired

Former ombudsman gets $285,000 in settlement after being fired

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The state of New Mexico has paid $285,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by state's former long-term care ombudsman, who had maintained that she was fired illegally in June 2016 after advocating for assisted living and nursing home residents.

Minnesota governor reiterates commitment to elder abuse investigations as state health commissioner resigns

Minnesota governor reiterates commitment to elder abuse investigations as state health commissioner resigns

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has reiterated his commitment to improving the investigation of maltreatment and abuse claims involving assisted living and nursing home residents in the state in the wake of the resignation of Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, M.D., MSPH.

$1 billion fraud investigation leads to five-year prison sentence for former Florida state employee

$1 billion fraud investigation leads to five-year prison sentence for former Florida state employee

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A 30-year employee of the agency that oversees the licensure of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in Florida was sentenced to almost five years in prison Friday for accepting bribes in exchange for providing confidential information to operators.

Assisted living tab for generators in Florida will be $280 million, officials say

Assisted living tab for generators in Florida will be $280 million, officials say

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A proposed rule requiring the 3,111 assisted living communities in Florida to install generators will cost operators more than $280 million, the state Department of Elder Affairs said Wednesday.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Feb. 21

Handmade holiday

Rochester, NY

Residents of St. John's recently were surprised with handmade Valentine's Day cards and gifts from local elementary school students.