The Every Minute Counts campaign is standing up for families’ loved ones in a nursing home who are facing life threatening health risks as a result of cuts to bedside care.

During the 2011 legislative session in Tallahassee, lawmakers reduced the minimum time caregivers spend at the bedside of nursing home residents by 18 minutes per day.

This roll back is dangerous and could mean delays in responding to resident falls, less time to treat bedsores, and other terrible outcomes that threaten the health and safety of Florida seniors and people living with a disability.

Florida caregivers, citizens and ally organizations from across the state are standing together to make sure families’ loved ones in a nursing home are protected and receive the highest quality of care.

The Every Minute Counts campaign was launched by 1199SEIU Florida, which represents more than 22,000 hospital and nursing home employees at more than 100 health care facilities across the state. 1199SEIU Florida nurses, professional employees, certified nursing assistants, service and technical employees, and other hospital and nursing home employees work in some of the largest for-profit and academic healthcare facilities in the state. The 1199SEIU Florida mission is to achieve affordable, high quality healthcare for all and quality jobs for working families.

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