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Naughty List—13 Nursing Homes that Failed to Provide Adequate PPE to Protect Seniors and Caregivers

With the coronavirus still ravaging the state of Florida, it’s more important than ever that nursing home workers have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to keep their residents and themselves safe. It was difficult for nursing homes to …

1199SEIU Caregivers at Consulate Nursing Homes Reach Tentative Agreement With Employer to Invest More in Caregivers & Bedside Care

1199SEIU nursing home caregivers employed by Consulate Health Care reached a tentative agreement with their employer on November 8 that invests more in caregivers and resident care at 19 facilities throughout Florida.

Report Finds Some FL Nursing Homes Violating Staffing Law Along with High Usage of Antipsychotic Drugs on Seniors

MIAMI – 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Florida (1199SEU Florida) today released a study that examines nursing home chain Consulate Health Care’s track record of federal and state fines and below-average care that has put the health of seniors and people living with a disability at risk.

Open Letter to Florida Families: Safe Staffing Concerns at Consulate-Owned Nursing Homes

Staffing levels are of grave concern to us because, while we are barely above the state’s minimum standards, Consulates current levels mean that we have between 4-6 more residents than we did before. As you can imagine, this means we don’t get to spend the quality time that we need with each person to ensure that we can serve their meals warm, or ensuring they are as comfortable, changed, cleaned or attended to as we (and we think you) would like.

Every Minute Counts Campaign Update 2.24.12

Throughout the 2012 Florida legislative session, caregivers, concerned citizens and families with loved ones in a nursing home have been taking action in Tallahassee and across the state to restore the 18 minutes per day of bedside care that was …

Every Minute Counts Lobby Day: Florida Nursing Home Workers Speak up for Quality Care

The budget cuts to bedside care in Florida’s nursing homes, passed last year, have impacted thousands of nursing homes residents and nursing home workers. Staffing levels were reduced from a minimum weekly average of 2.9 hours of care per resident …

Media Availability: Caregivers to Share Stories on Detrimental Cuts to Bedside Care

Tallahassee, Florida – The budget cuts to bedside care in nursing homes, passed last year, have impacted thousands of nursing homes residents – putting their lives in danger. Healthcare workers, families, advocates and retirees will travel to the Capitol to tell the stories of increased falls, infection and bedsores and ask lawmakers to restore the budget cuts.

What a Minute Means to Me: Bernice Gilmore, Housekeeper

“A minute to me is when you see the patient come in, get better and go home, and it makes the family happy. That’s a minute to me.” – Bernice Gilmore, Housekeeper, Arch Plaza

Whate a Minute Means to Me: Patricia Diaz, RN

“A minute to me, means giving my surgical patient the dignity of using a bed pan as opposed to using a mat on the bed because I can’t get to her in time.” – Patricia Diaz, RN, University Hospital

What a Minute Means to Me: Leora Stirrat, Unit Secretary

“A minute can mean the difference between life and death in a cardiac unit. In a stroke unit, it can mean the difference between a brain and brain damage. A minute can also mean the difference in that patient being …

What a Minute Means to Me: Doreen Holm, CNA

“A minute to me is priceless. A minute to me is listening to the sound of the alarms when a resident gets up to prevent them from falling. A minute to me is to walk with a resident so that …

Florida Caregivers Launch “Every Minute Counts” Campaign to Protect Nursing Home Residents

In response to new state legislation that cuts safe staffing levels and bedside care in Florida nursing homes by 18 minutes per resident per day, 1199SEIU Florida caregivers have launched the “Every Minute Counts” campaign to protect nursing home residents from potentially life threatening health risks. Nearly three-hundred caregivers ratified the campaign at an 1199SEIU Florida Joint Delegate’s Assembly in St. Petersburg, FL in early September.

Florida Nursing Home Caregivers Make History: First in State With Safe Staffing Requirements in Contract

After Florida enacted a new law rolling back minimum safe staffing requirements in the states nursing homes on July 1, 1199SEIU members at Avanté at Lake Worth Nursing Home saw an opportunity to maintain higher safe staffing levels by negotiating …

What a Minute Means to Me: Carol Hemmis, RN

“When you look at an individual, it can be the difference between life, death, happiness, sadness, joy, tears…If we wait an extra minute, we may have missed an opportunity to enjoy a life.” – Carol Hemmis, RN, Westside Regional Medical …