Florida nursing home litigation can be a depressing subject because there are all too many examples of neglect and abuse in the industry.
But substandard care is not the norm. It is good to take a moment to recognize some of the excellent treatment and care that residents receive in the majority of Florida nursing homes.
Recently, two nursing homes in South Florida received the Governor’s Gold Seal Award for high quality care. Joseph L. Morse Geriatric Center in West Palm Beach and Harbour’s Edge in Delray Beach already held the distinction and in February received it for another two-year period.
Of the 678 licensed nursing homes throughout Florida, just 19 – under three percent – carry the seal.
In order to receive the award, nursing homes must submit applications, which are reviewed by an independent panel. Gold Seal facilities must have excellent satisfaction ratings, stellar inspection reports, and low staff turnover.
State legislators began the award program in 2000, when consumer rankings of nursing homes were quite limited in availability. The federal government also rates facilities on a scale of up to five stars.
Floridians seeking nursing home care are encouraged to visit Florida’s Nursing Home Guide online, where they can search for facilities with the Gold Seal Award and/or a five-start federal rating.