AARP condemns signing of nursing home industry bill that cuts nursing care

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AARP Florida released the following statement today as Governor DeSantis signed House Bill 1239 last night, a nursing home industry bill, which cuts nursing care in nursing homes by 20 percent. nursing homes.

Jeff Johnson, Florida State Director of AARP said: “It is unconscionable and deeply disappointing to see the Governor of Florida sign legislation that will harm nursing home residents.

“Unfortunately, the disinformation campaign fueled by the nursing home industry has reached epic proportions and influenced not only the lawmakers who voted for this bill, but also our governor.

“Make no mistake, these industry-backed nursing cuts in our nursing homes send a damning message to nursing home residents and their families. In the state with the highest population of adults 65 and older in the nation, including one of the highest populations of voters 50 and older, leaders and operators of nursing homes in the origin of this new law protect their profits at the unlimited expense of the people entrusted to their care.

“With 40% of nursing homes in the state already on the AHCA’s watch list, nursing home staff will have to do more with less help because of this new law. This legislation does absolutely nothing. to address the industry’s chronic staffing crisis, and AARP predicts an even greater increase in worker burnout and CNA job losses.

“Let’s be clear: nursing homes will not magically have fewer patients to care for, they will have fewer qualified staff to look after them. It is appalling, but not surprising, that the nursing home industry’s desperation to protect their profits means putting patients at even greater risk in these facilities. Floridians deserve better.

“While the nursing home industry has made it clear that reducing nursing staff remains its priority, AARP Florida’s fight continues. Our mission has not changed. We are all the more determined to fight for quality care for nursing home residents and their loved ones.

“In the coming months, AARP will monitor the implementation of these minimum nurse staffing standards and track the adverse effects this will have on Florida’s long-term care system. We will continue to educate people considering long-term care and focus on strengthening home and community services. Our message is simple: Do everything in your power to keep your loved ones out of Florida nursing homes. »

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