Most Florida nursing homes lack backup power, agency says
An agency reports that most Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities do not have backup power despite requirements enacted because a dozen people died in a sweltering center after Hurricane Irma.
The state Agency for Health Care Administration says only 48 nursing homes and 91 assisted-living facilities say they have installed equipment and had state inspections as of May 25. New rules that went into effect Friday require all facilities to have backup power for cooling for at least 96 hours.
The agency reports that 348 nursing homes and 343 assisted-living facilities requested extensions to install equipment. They have until Jan. 1.