Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Nursing home operators are raising concerns about their ability to comply with a 60-day deadline requiring facilities to install generators that can provide electrical power for at least 96 hours in the event of an outage.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued the emergency order last month in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The storm is blamed for the deaths of 11 residents who were subjected to days of sweltering heat at a Hollywood Hills nursing home after the loss of air conditioning.

Scott’s mandate, which covers all the state’s nursing homes and assisted living centers, gives the facilities 60 days to comply.

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