Following the deaths of 12 South Florida nursing home residents in the aftermath of hurricane Irma last year, emergency preparedness for seniors has become a number one priority for the majority of all nursing homes and assisted living communities across Florida.
According to the most recent information from Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), over 80 percent of all facilities in South Florida and over 85 percent of all facilities statewide are compliant with a new law regarding emergency preparedness for seniors that was enacted by Governor Rick Scott following the deaths of the 12 nursing home residents.
The new law states that all nursing homes and assisted living communities must have back-up generators for use during power outages caused by hurricanes or other disasters. Facilities can have a generator installed on the premises or have a contract in place with a local company that delivers mobile generators. The new law also requires facilities to have an approved Emergency Management Plan (EMP) in place.
As of May 26, 2018, when the new law was enacted, a combined total of only 20 assisted living facilities and nursing homes in South Florida had generators installed or available and an approved emergency management plan (EMP) in place. Statewide, only 48 nursing homes and 91 assisted living communities had generators and an EMP in place. Currently, there are 1,240 facilities in South Florida and 3,240 facilities statewide that are compliant with the new law. Assisted living communities had until July 1, 2018 to comply with the new law, although extensions are available until January 1, 2018. Nursing homes were subjected to similar requirements.
To operate and manage a successful senior living community, the focus must be on all aspects of quality healthcare, including the safety and well-being of the residence during emergency situations. During hurricanes or other disasters, rest assured that all facilities operated by the Visiting Nurse Management Company (VNMC) are compliant with Governor Scott’s new regulations regarding emergency preparedness for seniors. In fact, the VNMC has received letters commending its “steadfastness to the emergency generator movement” and “commitment to emergency preparedness excellence” from the Bureau of Emergency Services in several Florida counties.
The VNMC takes hurricane preparedness very seriously and works diligently to ensure the facilities we manage are secure and safe places to live. This is important for both investors and residents alike, as complying with Governor Scott’s new law helps protect the residents, as well as the invested interests of all parties involved.
The Visiting Nurse Management Company can help your new or existing senior living community operate successfully and profitably.
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