Monday, January 8, 2018

Florida Nursing Homes and Emergency Generators

Here's an update on this issue in Florida.  The Florida legislature opens its 2018 session on January 9, 2018 and one of the issues on the legislative agenda is whether to legislatively require nursing homes to have generators and enough fuel to power them for a certain length of time during an emergency.  In addition, concerning the Florida administrative agency's proposed rules on requiring emergency generators (the Governor's emergency administrative order was struck by an ALJ): the ALJ has scheduled a hearing over three days (January 17, 19 and 24, 2018).

Although this issue Florida resulted from Hurricane Irma, it's worth watching.  Emergency generators can be important beyond just hurricane-prone states. Consider the recent winter storm Grayson that was described as a "bomb cyclone". The storm resulted in power outages for many, so it's not too far a stretch to recognize that emergency generators could come in handy beyond Florida. Stay warm!

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/elder_law/2018/01/florida-nursing-homes-and-emergency-generators.html

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Micromanaging generator deployment is unworthy of the Florida legislature. Leave that to the regulators. Why not, instead, pass a law making those who serve the elderly – ranging from conservators to luxury housing – fiduciaries toward those in their care? And, then, follow up with a robust private right of action to enforce a high standard of responsibility for those who serve the elderly.

Maybe such a law to protect those elderly who from their labors rest should be included in Congressional legislation to benefit all Americans everywhere. All of us are aging.

Posted by: Jack Cumming | Jan 9, 2018 11:25:39 AM

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