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Nursing Home Concerns

December 12th, 2007 by flanews

A Florida Senate committee heard horror stories about understaffed nursing homes at the Capitol.  Maria Sanchez testified before the Health Regulation Committee.  She put 87-year-old mother in a nursing home last year.  Her mother fell down and broke her hip.  When Sanchez demanded answers, she couldn’t find out any information about who owned the nursing home.

“We are not respecting their rights as citizens and as human beings,” she said.  “We’re denying them a voice.  When they’re checking into the nursing home, we’re making them invisible.”

Several trade groups, including trial lawyers, are calling for new laws to fully disclose which companies actually own nursing homes.

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