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Florida Nursing Homes: Know the Facts Before You Choose
Florida Nursing Home Guide
During the difficult and emotional time of choosing a Florida Nursing Home for your family member or loved one, the “Florida Nursing Home Guide” will provide invaluable information about the nursing homes you are looking at for your loved ones including descriptive information about the facility, as well as the facility’s performance on past inspections as represented by stars. Under the stars is a link “Inspection Details for this Facility”, which will take you to a listing of this facility’s deficiencies over the past 30 months. Clicking on any citation will take you to a fuller explanation of that citation.
Florida Nursing Home Guide Watch List
The Nursing Home Guide Watch List identifies nursing homes that are operating under bankruptcy protection or met the criteria for a conditional status during the past 30 months. A conditional status indicates that a facility did not meet, or correct upon follow-up, minimum standards at the time of an inspection. Immediate action is taken if a facility poses a threat to resident health or safety.
Under Florida law, nursing homes have a right to challenge state sanctions. Facilities challenging a conditional license are noted as “under appeal”. Watch List information is subject to change as appeals are processed; information is updated regularly on this web site.
Florida Nursing Home Gold Seal Award
The Nursing Home Gold Seal Award was implemented in 2002 as a way to recognize Florida nursing homes that exhibit excellence in care management and quality of life for their residents. While the vast majority of nursing homes in the state adhere to laws requiring high quality of care, the Gold Seal program was designed to reward those facilities with exceptionally high standards and quality of care.
Each Gold Seal facility must meet rigorous criteria and is evaluated relative to the performance of their peers by region. Gold Seal recipients must be in operation a minimum of 30 months prior to the date of application. Performance criteria includes financial soundness, high quality of care ranking, an excellent record with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, no “conditional” licenses nor Nursing Home Watch List appearances in the past 30 months, and a demonstrated evidence of community involvement.
Florida Nursing Home Statutes
Further, according to Florida s. 400.191(5)(a), F.S., every nursing home licensee shall post in a sufficient number of prominent positions in the nursing home a copy of all of the pages that list the facility in the most recent version of the Nursing Home Guide. The required Guide web pages include facility-specific information: Nursing Home Guide Facility Display page, all Watch List information, and Inspection Details for Facility.
Florida Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If someone you love has been abused by a healthcare provider in a nursing home or assisted-living facility, our attorneys can provide your family with sound legal counsel and effective representation. To schedule a free consultation in the Sarasota area, contact a lawyer handling nursing home abuse cases from Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A., today.