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WINK NEWS: Is a COVID-19 cover-up leading to case spread at a Fort Myers nursing home?

Reporter: Lauren Sweeney Workers from Heritage Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare, who wished to remain anonymous, told WINK News that they are not being informed about possible infections of COVID-19 at the facility. “We are walking into a room, not knowing if …

Reuters: Florida’s Care Workers Battle to Protect the Elderly

BY ZACHARY FAGENSON AND LYNSEY WEATHERSPOON  17 AUGUST 2020 No place seems safe for Elonda English, not even her car. Just after sunrise on a recent Wednesday she emerged from an overnight shift at the Lake Mary Health and Rehabilitation Center, a …

Tampa Bay Times – Letter to the Editor: Restore staffing levels

January 18, 2012 As a nursing home caregiver, I was deeply saddened when I learned of this heartbreaking death, which could have been prevented. This was a tragic end to the life of an elderly woman whose care was in …

Tampa Tribune – Letter to the Editor: Hear our voices

November 7, 2011 During this special observance of Residents’ Rights Month, we must stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Why can’t they speak? They are lying in beds — often alone and weak. Many do …

Tallahassee Democrat – Letter to the Editor: Make staffing levels a nursing home priority

September 18, 2011 With the severe budget cuts to Florida’s health care programs, our seniors have truly paid the price. The reports of abuse, neglect and increased rates of infection in our nursing homes and assisted living facilities are daunting. …

Palm Beach Post: Cuts at nursing homes: Local centers have options, say they won’t reduce staff

By Stacey Singer and Toni-Ann Miller July 1, 2011 Starting this month, Florida’s 70,000 nursing home residents could find fewer nurses at their bedside after the Florida Legislature voted to lower the homes’ minimum staffing standard by about 8 percent …

Health News Florida: Nursing home staffing level drops today

By Brittany Davis July 1, 2011 Nursing home residents may have less face time with their caregivers after a law takes effect today that revises minimum staffing levels. The law is part of an effort to help nursing homes deal …

Associated Press: Groups call on nursing homes to maintain staffing

June 29, 2011 MIAMI — Advocates for nursing home patients and the workers who care for them are calling on facilities to maintain their current staffing levels even though more lax standards go into law Friday. The new staff-to-resident ratio …