“This healthcare facility failed to do their basic duty to protect life,” Florida Governor Rick Scott. “The more we learn about this, the more concerning the tragedy is.” — CNN
Nursing Home Left Without Air Conditioning
Don’t think those Medicare Star Ratings mean anything? In the wake of hurricane Irma, a Florida 1-Star (far below average) nursing home left without air condition has resulted in nine resident deaths, apparently from excessive heat. Read the associated news stories here: (CNN WIRE) (CBS NEWS)
The nursing home failed to maintain air conditioning or alternatively to evacuate high-risk patients.
“What has happened here is inexcusable,” Florida Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday. “These kind of facilities should be regulated with a strong, tight rein … and it hasn’t happened.”
The quality of care and quality of caring varies widely. Pay attention to the Medicare 5-star ratings.
Read our summary of the Medicare Star Rating system here. http://agingwithfreedom.com/how-to-read-medicare-star-ratings/