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Advocates Criticize Changes To Florida Assisted Living Oversight

A measure in the Florida House would alter oversight in the state's assisted living facilities.
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Some lawmakers want to change how the state manages assisted living facilities.  But the proposal is leaving some stakeholders uneasy.

Some assisted living facilities in Florida carry licenses to offer certain nursing services.  Currently, state health officials audit those facilities two or four times a year depending on the license, but the House measure cuts those visits in half.  Families for Better Care executive director Brian Lee says the bill puts facility managers ahead of residents.

“It’s going to put more of our loved ones in danger who are in these assisted living facilities, and it’s going to make life easier for operators because they’re not going to be regulated or cannot be held accountable as often as they should be.”

Rep. Larry Ahern (R-Seminole) is sponsoring the measure.  It got a second hearing in the full House Tuesday.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.