Nursing home care is often viewed as a sort of moral obligation, a duty to one’s elders. Still, absent federal and state regulations for nursing homes, this care can fall short, leaving the ill and elderly vulnerable to neglect and abuse. In fact, it was widespread nursing home abuse and neglect in the 1980s that led to the federal Nursing Home Reform Act in 1987.
Nursing homes that receive funding from Medicare or Medicaid (which is virtually all of them) are required at minimum to follow federal nursing home standards. However, state regulations for nursing homes, such as those adopted by Florida, must also be followed if facilities want to continue to receive this funding.
Florida State Regulations for Nursing Homes
- Minimum Standards for Nursing Homes
- Florida Assisted Living Regulations (F.S. 429.01 – 429.54)
- Licensure Rules for Nursing Home Administrators
- Florida Statutes – Nursing Home Administration (F.S. 468.1635 – 468.1756); F.S. Chapter 400 – Nursing Homes and Related Care Facilities
- Food Hygiene (Florida Administrative Code 64E-11, regulating dietary service in nursing homes based on restaurant requirements)