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December 4, 2018
STATEWIDE COALITION ENCOURAGES FLORIDIANS TO BE PROACTIVE ABOUT DRIVING SKILLS AND PLAN FOR A SAFE TRANSITION FROM DRIVING

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Safe Mobility for Life Program and Coalition invites all Floridians to participate in the national Older Driver Safety Awareness Week beginning Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 7. Press Release | Toolkit

August 9, 2018
Commenting for 701 Assessment Forms

The Department is seeking input regarding proposed changes to the forms used for screening and assessment of individuals seeking services from the aging network. If you would like to provide comment, please select the link to complete the survey for the form type you regularly use. Learn more about Commenting for 701 Assessment Forms

June 13, 2018
Department of Elder Affairs Hosts Statewide Events to Recognize Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today, DOEA announced awareness events for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Click here to view the Press Release. Click here to find an event near you.

June 11, 2018
Governor Rick Scott Issues Proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Florida

June 15 is recognized worldwide as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In Florida, the Department of Elder Affairs will host events to educate the public on elder abuse, the signs of elder abuse, and how to report it. View the proclamation here.

June 1, 2018
Department of Elder Affairs Releases 2018 Disaster Preparedness Guide

With the start of the 2018 Hurricane Season, the Department of Elder Affairs has released the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Guide to help Florida families prepare for the storm season and other emergency events.

Click here for an online copy, or call 850-414-2000 to be added to the mailing list for a hard copy in English or Spanish.

May 27, 2018
Subtropical Storm Alberto Update as of Sunday

Go to https://floridadisaster.org/INFO for accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida.

May 14, 2018
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Older Americans Month

To celebrate the many contributions of older Floridians and to join with other states across the nation, Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation recognizing May as Older Americans Month in Florida. Proclamation

Proclamation

March 26, 2018
Update on Emergency Generator Power Rule for Assisted Living Facilities

Rule 58A-5.036, Florida Administrative Code, has been ratified by the Florida Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott. Assisted Living Facilities have until June 1, 2018, to come into compliance with the requirements of the rule. For more details, click here.

March 23, 2018
The Department of Elder Affairs announces the solicitation of comments from the public regarding the 2016-2019 Senior Community Service Employment Program State Plan Modification.
Public Notice

October 27, 2017
Governor Scott Issues Statement on DOAH’s Recent Ruling on the Emergency Generator Rule
Statement

November 14, 2017
Governor Scott’s Securing Florida’s Future Budget to Support Florida Elders and Families

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott’s 2018-19 Securing Florida’s Future budget recommends $12.5 million for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to serve more than 1,100 elders in need, invest in programs that support Florida families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and make necessary changes to outdated technology that will enable Florida’s Aging Network better serve seniors and their caregivers.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida is proud that so many elders are choosing to call our state home and we are fully committed to providing them with the services and support they need. These important investments are essential to helping our elders remain healthy, safe, and independent so they, and their families, can continue to enjoy our great state.”

Press Release

January 23, 2018
The Department of Elder Affairs is concerned about the safety of all elders in the State of Florida.

With that in mind, the Department of Health (DOH) has issued a health advisory that it will be distributing to all nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Influenza activity levels are high across both the state the nation. Please review the attached advisory issued from Dr. Blackmore, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection at the Department of Health. As a reminder, flu outbreaks can be controlled by performing the following: good handwashing, vaccinating against the flu, isolation protocols, antiviral treatment, limiting contact with individuals with symptoms of the flu. You may find additional information by going to The Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/treatment.htm

Letter from the Florida Department of Health

January 22, 2018
More than 1,500 Older Floridians to Celebrate at 18th Annual Florida Senior Day

On Wednesday, January 24, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and United Way of Florida will host Florida Senior Day, an annual event that will bring more than 1,500 elders and advocates from across the state to Tallahassee to honor the many contributions of Florida seniors.

“We are proud to partner with United Way again to host Florida Senior Day, and we invite you to join us as we celebrate the 5.3 million seniors that are a treasure to our state,” said Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Jeff Bragg. “We have a day of entertainment, awareness, and advocacy planned, and we are thankful for such great partners who will be on-site to share resources and information for all of our guests.”

Press Release

January 9, 2018
PUBLIC INPUT ON GUARDIANSHIP

The Florida Supreme Court’s Guardianship Workgroup and Florida’s Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS) announce another public event to hear input on guardianship. Members of the public will be able to share their concerns about guardianship.
DATE: Thursday, February 1, 2018 TIME: 4–7 p.m.
LOCATION: Orange County Courthouse
425 North Orange Avenue, Suite 180
Orlando, Florida 32801
For more details, please see the attached notice.

January 4, 2018
NTG Sponsored Training

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Department of Elder Affairs are pleased to present the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG) training on January 24-25, in Orlando, Florida. The workshop is appropriate for any staff with direct or ancillary care responsibilities of older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in both disability-related, health care, and aging-related agencies. For more information about the training and to register, please visit: https://www.regonline.com/dementiacapableOrlando.

November 14, 2017
Gov. Scott: The Securing Florida’s Future Budget Makes Historic Investments and Cuts Taxes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott visited Northern Tool + Equipment in Jacksonville to announce his Securing Florida’s Future budget which proposes $180 million in tax cuts to help Florida families. The Governor’s recommended budget also invests record funding in Florida’s education system, transportation, and environmental protection while continuing to support law enforcement and keep Florida’s economy growing.

Press Release

November 13, 2017
Gov. Scott Announces $178 Million Investment for Florida’s Active Military, Veterans and Their Families

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he will propose $178 million in total funding to support active military, veterans and their families in Florida as part of his 2018-2019 recommended budget. He also announced his support for a proposal being considered by the Constitution Revision Commission to provide free tuition to the families of fallen first responders, state law enforcement officers and military members who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The proposal provides 120 credit hours per family at a Florida state college, university or participating technical school. Each family would be entitled to one four-year degree. If passed by the CRC, the proposal will be on the ballot in 2018 and would require approval of 60 percent of Florida voters. The CRC proposal, P 49, was filed by Commissioner Emery Gainey and can be found HERE.

Press Release

November 13, 2017
AHCA and DOEA Announce New Permanent Generator Rules Have Been Filed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) filed new rule language with the Department of State to create permanent nursing home and assisted living facility rules. See attached rules. Governor Scott called on AHCA and DOEA to begin the permanent rule making process in October to ensure that the life-saving measures included in the emergency rules were permanently codified. This action follows emergency rules for both nursing homes and assisted living facilities that requires facilities to obtain ample resources, including a generator and the appropriate amount of fuel, to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage. The current emergency rule remains in effect.

AHCA Secretary Justin Senior said, “Following the implementation of the emergency rule on September 16, our Agency began the permanent rule making process to establish standards that would be used to ensure the health and safety of all patients in nursing homes who experience prolonged periods without power. Our goal with the permanent rule is to safeguard Florida’s most vulnerable populations who reside in nursing homes. We strongly believe that this rule will provide a safe environment and prevent tragic situations. As always, our goal with this rule is compliance and we will work to aggressively implement this new rule to protect vulnerable Floridians.”

Rule 59A-4.1265, Emergency Environmental Control for Nursing Homes does the following:

  • · Requires nursing homes to have an alternative power source, such as a generator, installed and maintained to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage.
  • · Clarifies that if there is a conflicting local ordinance restricting the maximum amount of fuel storage allowed, then the facility shall maintain the maximum amount allowable by the local ordinance or code.
  • · Requires that air temperatures not exceed 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • · Clarifies the area within the facility where the required temperatures are to be maintained.
  • · Clarifies that piped natural gas is an allowable fuel source under this rule.
  • · Specifies that the local emergency management agency shall post the approved facility emergency power plans on its website within 10 days of the plan’s approval.
  • · Requires that facilities notify families and legal representatives of patients once they submit their emergency plans to local emergency management agencies.

Rule 58A-5.036, Emergency Environmental Control for Assisted Living Facilities does the following:

  • · Requires nursing homes to have an alternative power source, such as a generator, installed and maintained to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage.
  • · Clarifies that if there is a conflicting local ordinance restricting the maximum amount of fuel storage allowed, then the facility shall maintain the maximum amount allowable by the local ordinance or code.
  • · Requires that air temperatures not exceed 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • · Clarifies the area within the facility where the required temperatures are to be maintained.
  • · Clarifies that piped natural gas is an allowable fuel source under this rule.
  • · Requires that facilities notify families and legal representatives of patients once they submit their emergency plans to local emergency management agencies.

DOEA Secretary Jeffrey Bragg said, “This permanent rule is aimed at saving lives. We will continue to enforce these rules and keep the public informed.”

The AHCA has a rule hearing scheduled for December 5, 2017 which will allow for additional public comments.


Rule 58A -5.036: Emergency Environmental Control for Assisted Living Facilities | Rule 59A-4.1265, Emergency Environmental Control for Nursing Homes

November 13, 2017
1,250 Assisted Living Facilities Have Not Responded to Requirements in the Department of Elder Affairs Rule

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) Secretary Jeffrey Bragg released an updated number of 1,250 assisted living facilities (ALFs) who have not yet responded to requirements in Emergency Rule 58AER17-1. By October 31, all assisted living facilities were required to submit a detailed emergency power plan to DOEA or apply for a waiver. Noncompliant facilities will be subjected to the fine of $1,000 per day or license revocation beginning November 15 if they fail to come into compliance by the deadline.
Secretary Bragg said, “We are working very hard to update our information about nonresponsive facilities. We did hear from some ALFs who should not have been on the list, and we immediately went to work to verify the information and correct our list where appropriate. In doing so, however, we have found that the number of nonresponsive facilities actually increased, and we continue to work with facilities to help them follow the guidelines laid out in the rule.”

In a press release published November 8, 2017, the Department announced that 1,186 facilities had not yet responded. The release included a disclaimer that if a facility believed that it was on the list in error to email the Department at the ALF Rule Comment email address provided so that staff could review the information, identify any discrepancies, and amend the list where appropriate. Several individuals have contacted the Department in other ways despite these instructions, which has made the process of accurately updating the list very difficult.

If you are listed below and believe that you have already submitted information responsive to the rule, please resend your Emergency Power Plan (EPP) or Waiver Request to ALFRuleComment@elderaffairs.org. You MUST include your ALF License Number and Facility Name in the subject line to ensure accurate data reporting. Please do not fax, mail, call, or email to any other state agency, department, or other DOEA personnel. The Department will continue to update this list as more information is provided by the facilities, and will be posting the updated information on our website at www.elderaffairs.org. Please note that any facility that was responsive to the requirements laid out in the rule will not be assessed the $1,000 fine.
Press Release

November 8, 2017
1,186 Assisted Living Facilities Have Not Responded to Requirements in the Department of Elder Affairs Rule

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) Secretary Jeffrey Bragg announced that 1,186 assisted living facilities have not responded to requirements in Emergency Rule 58AER17-1. By October 31, all assisted living facilities were required to submit a detailed plan to DOEA or apply for a waiver. These facilities will be subjected to the fine of $1,000 per day or license revocation beginning November 15 if they fail to come into compliance by the deadline.
Secretary Bragg said, “Anyone who ignores this rule is potentially endangering the lives of the residents whose safety and well-being they are charged with protecting. The Department will continue to tirelessly pursue the implementation of this important rule to ensure that our most vulnerable loved ones residing in assisted living facilities are protected during and after emergency events.”
Facilities who have not yet responded to the Emergency Rule*
*If you believe you are on this list in error, please contact ALFRuleComment@elderaffairs.org
Press Release

November 2, 2017
Governor Rick Scott Issues Proclamation for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Proclamation

October 26, 2017
DOEA and AARP Announce Partnership to Make Florida Communities More Age-Friendly
Press Release

October 16, 2017
October is Guardianship Awareness Month

Hundreds of public and professional guardians and thousands of family guardians in Florida provide vital resources to our citizens. For more information, click here. | Resolution

October 11, 2017
Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Investigating Hurricane Surcharge to Residents at Long-Term Care Facilities

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) has launched an investigation after receiving complaints that the HarborChase chain of assisted living facilities across the state is charging a special surcharge to all residents in the amount of $350 following Hurricane Irma.

“We condemn, in the strongest terms, a surcharge placed on residents of facilities,” said State Ombudsman Mike Milliken. “When residents enter an assisted living facility, they sign a contract stating that they will be provided with a set of standard services, including on-site staffing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as meals and activities. These services must be provided rain or shine, hurricane or no hurricane. Residents should not be charged for services the facility would otherwise provide.”

Press Release

September 28, 2017
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Employ Older Workers Week Proclamation

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