Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that will require nursing homes to have backup generators after Hurricane Irma left 12 patients dead last year.
Governor Rick Scott signed bills earlier this week that will require nursing homes to keep backup generators and fuel on site. This decision came after Hurricane Irma resulted in a dozen elderly patients deaths at a Broward County nursing home when the facility lost power.
According to the house of representatives final bill analysis, nursing homes are regulated by the Agency for Health Care Administration . It contains uniform licensing standards for 29 provider types, including nursing homes. It also states there are 685 licensed nursing homes in Florida with 83,853 total beds across all facilities. All facilities will have to fund the generator and fuel supply. They could face fines or lose their license for non-compliance with the new regulation.
According to the Senate final bill analysis regarding enforcement of the bill, “the rule specifies that the AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) may seek any statutory remedy for noncompliance including, but not limited to, license revocation, license suspension, and administrative fines.”
Evan Zelden, owner of S eniors Helping Seniors in Ft. Myers Florida says that even though there is a cost, it’s important that we protect the elderly.