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Coronavirus Pandemic Creates Florida Nursing Home Crisis

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Those most at risk

As the coronavirus crisis continues, concerns grow for vulnerable people within our communities—especially nursing home residents. According to a recent USA Today article, over 16,000 nursing home residents and staff in the United States have died due to complications from coronavirus. “More needs to be done. The number of deaths is appalling,” said Rhonda Richards, senior legislative representative at AARP. “We can’t overstate the gravity of this situation.” Yet, even with the lives of so many elderly people hanging in the balance, there is still a dire shortage of personal protective equipment within many nursing homes. Equally as troubling, residents and staff frequently do not have access to testing.

Florida has 424 nursing home and assisted living facilities throughout the state. Statewide, 475 people have died in nursing homes and long-term care facilities including 56 in Palm Beach County, according to the latest state COVID-19 statistics released yesterday.  South Florida, which has been the epicenter of coronavirus illnesses within the state, accounted for nearly half of all deaths at elder-care facilities. Broward County has already reported 60 deaths and Miami-Dade tops the list with 107 deaths.

On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis released a list identifying the names of the elder-care facilities that have had confirmed COVID-19 related resident and staff deaths. The release came after outcry from the families of long-term care residents who have been isolated in these facilities for over a month.

In Palm Beach County, the three facilities with the highest reported death tolls are ManorCare Health Services in Boynton Beach, Medicana Nursing Home and Rehab Center and Boulevard Rehabilitation of Boynton Beach. Six residents at ManorCare Health Services in Boynton Beach have died while the other facilities have each reported five fatalities.

According to the Miami Herald, Boulevard Rehabilitation of Boynton Beach has been on the state’s “Watch List” three times in 2018 and 2019 and been disciplined by the Agency of Health Care Administration 12 times since 2008, including four fines totaling $22,250. Florida’s “Watch List” of nursing homes identify elder-care facilities that failed to meet “minimum standards” at the time of inspection.

Following are the 50 most troubled facilities:

Facility nameCountyTypeVerified DeathsResidentStaffUnder Investigation
Braden River Rehabilitation Center LLCManateeNH141310
Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation & Nursing ServicesPinellasNH141310
Suwannee Health and Rehabilitation CenterSuwanneeNH141310
Highlands Lake CenterPolkNH121200
Coquina CenterVolusiaNH9900
Riviera Palms Rehabilitation CenterManateeNH9900
The Broadmoor ALFSt. LucieALF9900
Brookdale Deer Creek SarasotaSarasotaALF8800
Fountain Manor Health & Rehabilitation CenterMiami-DadeNH8701
Miami Jewish Health Systems, Inc.Miami-DadeNH8800
Atria Willow WoodBrowardALF7313
Court at Palm Aire, TheBrowardNH7610
Signature Healthcare Center of WaterfordMiami-DadeNH7600
Unity Health and Rehabilitation CenterMiami-DadeNH7700
Camellia at DeerwoodDuvalALF6204
Floridean Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, TheMiami-DadeNH6501
Manorcare Health Services – Boynton BeachPalm BeachNH6501
Sarasota Point Rehabilitation CenterSarasotaNH6600
Boulevard Rehabilitation CenterPalm BeachNH5500
Claridge House Nursing & Rehabilitation CenterMiami-DadeNH5500
Harborchase of Vero BeachIndian RiverALF5500
Manorcare Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterCollierNH5500
Medicana Nursing and Rehab CenterPalm BeachNH5500
St. Mark VillagePinellasNH5500
Alexander BrowardNH4400
Arbor Oaks at GreenacresPalm BeachALF4400
Brookdale PensacolaEscambiaALF4400
Fair Havens CenterMiami-DadeNH4301
Harborchase of TamaracBrowardALF4400
Miami Shores Nursing and Rehab CenterMiami-DadeNH4301
North Beach Rehabilitation CenterMiami-DadeNH4400
North Dade Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterMiami-DadeNH4301
Palm Garden of AventuraMiami-DadeNH4211
Parklands Care CenterAlachuaNH4400
Presidential PlaceBrowardALF4400
Southern Oaks Care CenterEscambiaNH4310
Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Extended CareManateeNH3300
Five Star Premier Residences of HollywoodBrowardALF3120
Fort Walton Rehabilitation Center, LLCOkaloosaNH3300
FountainviewPalm BeachALF3201
Golden Glades Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterMiami-DadeNH3300
Hamlin Place of Boynton BeachPalm BeachNH3300
Harbour Health CenterCharlotteNH3300
Healthpark Care CenterLeeNH3300
Heartland Health Care Center – Orange ParkClayNH3300
Jackson Memorial Long Term Care CenterMiami-DadeNH3300
Life Care Center of EsteroLeeNH3300
Manor Pines Convalescent CenterBrowardNH3300
Palm Garden of West Palm BeachPalm BeachNH3300

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