The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) today praised Governor Ron DeSantis for signing HB 1239 into law. This important legislation modernizes Florida’s outdated staffing requirements for nursing centers, helping to alleviate long-standing workforce challenges and ensure that residents can receive appropriate specialized care.
HB 1239 will allow the work of highly trained caregivers, such as mental health counselors and respiratory therapists, to help satisfy direct care requirements in long term care facilities. This will enable residents to receive the more personalized care they need.
“Every nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant, long term care staff member, and nursing center resident has Governor DeSantis to thank today for ensuring higher quality care for Florida’s elderly and people with disabilities,” said FHCA CEO Emmett Reed. “This legislation will bring more individualized, comprehensive care to residents while easing the burdens posed by significant staffing challenges.”
ABOUT THE FLORIDA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION
The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is a federation that serves nearly 1,000 members and represents more than 500 long-term care facilities that provide skilled nursing, post-acute and subacute care, short-term rehab, assisted living, and other services to the elderly and individuals with disabilities in Florida. The mission of FHCA is to advance the quality of services, image, professional development, and financial stability of its members. As Florida’s first and largest advocacy organization for long-term care providers and the elderly they serve, the Association has worked diligently since 1954 to assist its members with continuously improving quality of care and quality of life for the state’s growing elder care population. For more information about the Florida Health Care Association, visit http://www.fhca.org.