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FHCA Statement on Universal Face Mask Directive for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

We appreciate our state leaders for their ongoing support of our long term care centers as we remain focused on the essential task of keeping our residents safe. Despite these significant and meaningful efforts, there is great concern that many nursing homes and assisted living facilities are already at the point of exhausting their supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).…

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FHCA Statement on Governor Executive Order Regarding Visitation in Nursing Homes

“We thank Governor Ron DeSantis, AHCA Secretary Mayhew and Florida’s Division of Emergency Management Director Moskowitz for their support in communicating how critical it is to prevent COVID-19 from entering long term care centers. Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is encouraging nursing centers to implement the guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement stricter policies…

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FHCA Statement on Coronavirus

“The trained health care professionals at Florida’s nursing centers are taking the threat of Coronavirus most seriously, as the safety and well-being of residents and staff is always our highest priority. Our members are focused on minimizing the potential risks by boosting preventive actions and utilizing fundamental infection control protocols, including the use of eye protection, standard hand hygiene procedures,…

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FHCA Statement on Senate and House Budget Proposals

Funding and quality care go hand in hand, and we’re thankful the Legislature recognized that in the development of their initial budgets. Florida has an increasingly growing aging population, and both the Senate and House budgets are an important step toward meeting their long-term health care needs, whether in their home or in a nursing center when the time and…

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12 FHCA Members Earn Governor’s Gold Seal Award

Governor Ron DeSantis recently approved 12 FHCA members for the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care. The Governor’s Gold Seal Award recognizes Florida nursing centers that demonstrate excellence in long term care over a sustained period while promoting the stability of the profession and facilitating the physical, social, and emotional well-being of nursing center residents.

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FHCA Statement on Review of Governor’s Proposed Budget

“As the House and Senate Appropriations Committees begin to consider the Governor’s budget recommendations, it’s crucial that lawmakers don’t overlook the tens of thousands of seniors living in our state’s nursing centers. Florida is a leader in quality care for our most fragile residents, and legislators must ensure we stay that way by properly funding nursing centers to allow them…

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Monticello Certified Nursing Assistant Wins Statewide Award

Florida Health Care Association is pleased to recognize Tiwana Mutch-Miller, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Brynwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Monticello, Fla., as the 2019 winner of FHCA’s CNA Essay Contest, earning her a $500 cash prize

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FHCA Statement on Nursing Home Generator Status

The overwhelming majority of Florida’s nursing homes are in compliance with the requirements of the law, and most of those – more than 82% – already have permanent or temporary generators ON-SITE that can keep residents cool and safe. Full compliance relies on many organizations required for permitting and regulatory approval and we’re looking to those partners to help us…

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Coalition for Silver Solutions Address Elder-Care Issues, Unveil Legislative Priorities at Silver Summit

The Coalition for Silver Solutions, an alliance of four Florida organizations focused on the long-term care of the state’s aging population, today unveiled its 2020 legislative recommendations at a Silver Summit in Central Florida. AARP, the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), LeadingAge Florida, and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East convened with leaders of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration…

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Statement from Emmett Reed, Florida Health Care Association Executive Director, on Hurricane Dorian Preparations

The Florida Health Care Association is actively preparing and planning for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian, and our members are activating their emergency plans as appropriate. Our team is in constant communication with long term care facilities in the areas that could potentially be affected by the storm, and we are coordinating efforts with federal, state, and local authorities as…

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Governor DeSantis Addresses FHCA Membership, Legislative Champions Announced

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently addressed more than 800 long term care professionals gathered in Orlando for Florida Health Care Association’s (FHCA) 2019 Annual Conference & Trade Show. Governor DeSantis opened FHCA’s annual Membership Meeting during the week-long event, which brought together long term care executives, nursing center and assisted living facility administrators, nurses and others working in the profession…

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