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2017-09-27 Print

Massive Overhaul to Florida Nursing Home Laws Put in Place


In response to the tragedy in the Hollywood Hills Nursing Home, Governor Rick Scott has shut down the offending facility and instituted new rules to help prevent similar disasters from happening again in the future. After Hurricane Irma wiped out the power grid, this nursing home was without power. The Hollywood Hills facility did not have air conditioning or the proper supplies. As a result, 11 residents passed away.

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In response to the tragedy in the Hollywood Hills Nursing Home, Governor Rick Scott has shut down the offending facility and instituted new rules to help prevent similar disasters from happening again in the future. After Hurricane Irma wiped out the power grid, this nursing home was without power. The Hollywood Hills facility did not have air conditioning or the proper supplies. As a result, residents’ temperatures ran as high as 108.3 degrees Fahrenheit. 11 residents have died as a result.

The new regulations are similar to those put in place for hospitals. Facilities must maintain the resources necessary to keep their patients healthy. These resources include a generator and an ample amount of fuel.

For many, air conditioning is not just a luxury. There are people who need to have their body temperature stable in order to function normally. The elderly are more prone to becoming sick if their temperatures are not carefully regulated.


EPAC Environmental Services, Inc. received urgent phone calls from a few local nursing homes concerning their fuel situation. In times of crisis, it is absolutely imperative that nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and hospitals have some form of power.

According to Governor Rick Scott, 90% of homes who have lost power have had their power restored. Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity for 92% of Miami-Dade County and 85% of Broward County.

Stephanie Voris, Head of Business Development for EPAC Environmental Services, Inc., said the following:

“The recent emergency legislation passed by Governor Scott is intended to prevent future nursing home tragedies that occurred due to loss of electrical power by Hurricane Irma. As a result nursing homes and assisted living facilities are now tasked to follow the emergency procedures of Florida’s hospitals for standby electrical power.” She added.

“EPAC would like to help your facility meet these requirements and be part of the solution. We can provide and install the fuel tank necessary to keep the back-up power going for 96 hours or more. Call us to discuss this transition.”

Generally, it is a good idea to consult with a company that has the experience needed to increase fuel needs. Now that it is an issue of legality, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and the like will need an environmental consulting firm with a solid reputation.

 
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