AARP Florida today released the following statement regarding Bill 1239 (Rep. Melo/R-Naples) and Senate Bill 804 (Sen. Albritton/R-Bartow), which propose a reduction in 20% daily nursing care for each resident of the nursing home.
Zayne Smith, Florida State Associate Director of AARP said, “It is disappointing to see these irresponsible bills continue to move through the legislative process, because we know what this means for Floridians and their loved ones living in nursing homes: more people will suffer from poor care.
“There is already a care crisis in Florida nursing homes – nearly 40% of nursing homes in the state are on the AHCA’s watch list. Nursing home staff face pandemic-related fatigue, high resident numbers, understaffing, physically and emotionally demanding work, higher rates of workplace injuries (often without paid vacation), limited training, low wages and unaffordable health insurance.
“Let’s be clear: these bills do not solve any of this. This legislation only guarantees that current nurses will have to do more with less help. Nursing homes will not magically have fewer patients to care for, they will have fewer qualified staff to look after them. It is unconscionable that the Florida legislature is even considering reducing care for our most vulnerable residents. Floridians deserve better.
Background on HB 1239 and SB 804:
- The legislation reduces the time Certified Practical Nurses (CPNs) will spend with each resident from 2.5 hours/day to 2 hours/day (a 20% reduction in nursing care). In practice, this means that already exhausted CNA staff will have to do more with less help.
- Legislation allows non-medical staff, including activity coordinators, to assist frail and elderly residents with toileting, bathing and other essential tasks that would normally be performed by qualified nursing staff .
- Additionally, the Senate version of the legislation weakens the moratorium on nursing home admissions, meaning nursing homes will be able to continue admitting residents even if they don’t have the staff to properly care for them. of them.
Floridians can call the AARP hotline to be put in touch with their lawmakers and ask them not to cut NURSING CARE in nursing homes. Vote “NO” on HB 1239/SB 804.
- Call your state representative: 844-489-1331
- Call your state senator: 844-489-1328
This press release was provided by AARP Florida.