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A TSOLife Recap of FSLA’s Annual Conference

The Florida Senior Living Association (FSLA) Conference wrapped up last Friday and we were lucky enough to be able to attend. As with some of the other conferences we’ve been to, there were elements that were unique, as well as a few things that were consistent from trade show to trade show. In this post we’ll recap some of our takeaways from the FSLA Conference including the Teepa Snow keynote and our CEO’s SilverTalk. Read More

Florida Senior Living Association Honors Senior Living Heroes

The Florida Senior Living Association (FSLA) presented a special set of awards during the 2019 Annual Senior Living Conference, held the week of July 15 in Ponte Vedra, Fla. at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.

Ali Wiggins, Director of Sales and Marketing for Guardian Pharmacy, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for her efforts to help her community in Marianna, Fla. after Hurricane Michael. She worked hard to bring attention to the devastation even after news outlets had moved on from the story. “We are no longer in the national news. We have been completely forgotten. But Michael is still among us,” she wrote in a Tallahassee Democrat column. She also participated in a special project initiated by Senator Marco Rubio to address the immediate need for funding in the Florida Panhandle. They were successful, and north Florida will now hopefully see more resources. Download the photo of President Melinda Skirvin and Ali Wiggins: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ali-Wiggins.jpg

“We are so proud of Ali for her leadership and service to her community,” said Gail Matillo, President and CEO of FSLA. “Each of our award winners has brought something special to our profession, and we are honored to be able to recognize their excellence and dedication.”

The association also presented its annual Nauti Awards, named for the nautilus shell in FSLA’s logo. The symbol invokes the ocean surrounding the state as well as the Golden Ratio of proportional perfection which connects all living things. The awards honor members who provide quality work that inspires and energizes those around them. Download the photo of President Melinda Skirvin and Ali Wiggins: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ali-Wiggins.jpg

The Caregiver of the Year Award was presented to Lupe Villareal, an employee of Villas at Sunset Bay, a Milestone Retirement Community. Villareal has been working in senior living since 1999, and residents at Villas at Sunset Bay describe her as dedicated, warm, organized and thorough. In addition to meeting the needs of the residents, she also acts as a mentor to other caregivers, frequently providing leadership and training to new staff. Download the photo of President Melinda Skirvin and  Lupe Villareal: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Lupe-Villareal.jpg

Chad Carnes, District Director of Operations with Brookdale Senior Living, received the Employee of the Year Award. His attention to detail on state regulatory compliance, labor and budget reviews while simultaneously nurturing and caring for residents makes him truly unique. Carnes leads by example, working with a smile and a positive attitude and instilling confidence and leadership skills in staff and family members alike. His staff feels more capable, smarter and part of a team through his leadership. Download the photo of Vice Chair Shelley Esden and Chad Carnes: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Chad-Carnes.jpg

This year’s Executive Director of the Year Award was presented to Veronica Yestrumskas of HarborChase of Coral Springs. Yestrumskas has been praised for her empathetic listening, and she often develops a partnership-style relationship with family members that encourages open dialogue and feedback. She is also innovative, recently launching evening activities as an additional life-enrichment program. In addition to her duties as executive director, she embraces a dual role as Director of Hospitality, lending a hand in culinary operations and community engagement and assisting a partner with resident care. Download the photo of Past Chair Gwen Thibault and Veronica Yestrumskas: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Veronica-Yestrumskas.jpg

Megan Berhalter of Brookdale Phillippi Creek in Sarasota received the Sales and Marketing of the Year Award. Her executive Director, Kurt Greenlaw, accepted the award on her behalf and stated Berhalter is an expert at making residents feel right at home. When a family member is struggling to make a decision, she always works to find a positive solution for everyone. Download the photo of Vice Chair Shelley Esden and Kurt Greenlaw: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Kurt-Greenlow.jpg

The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Mary Schneider of Symphony at Waterways, a Milestone Retirement Community. At 91, Mary has been volunteering six days a week for the past three years, coming in for at least five hours a day and often longer. Her devotion and sense of humor are her signature characteristics, and she does whatever needs to be done, including playing table games with residents who have memory issues, sewing tablecloths for special holiday celebrations, and creating beautiful flower arrangements for the dining room each week. Download the photo of President Melinda Skirvin, Mary Schneider and Vice Chair Shelley Esden: https://floridaseniorliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Mary-Schneider.jpg

Making the World Safer for Seniors

From SeniorLiving.org: As your parents get older, you start worrying more. Maybe your mother fell last week, and your father couldn’t help her up. She seems okay and so does he, but what about the next time she falls?

What if you found out these falls don’t have to happen? That might seem impossible, but virtually all aging adult falls are avoidable. Fall prevention does require some thought and effort, but it pays off. Of course, there are other ways for your parents to get hurt, perhaps while driving or cooking. These activities, too, can be made much safer.

This guide covers the common ways in which seniors get injured and how these injuries can be prevented. There is an emphasis on falls because they are the leading cause of injuries and death from injuries among people 65 and older. READ MORE

FSLA Senior Living Conference EXTRA: Visiting Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach and the surrounding areas are full of exciting adventures, opportunities to kick back and relax, and much more!

Make your visit to St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach even more affordable with these free attractions and events. From admission to national parks (and a FORT!) to free concerts, there’s something for everyone! Read more.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the restaurants in the area, but don’t take our word for it – there’s something for every palate. Read more.

It’s literally never a dull moment on Florida’s Historic Coast. Learn more about the area and plan out your free time. And best of all, ENJOY!

FSLA Senior Living Conference EXTRA: Dining in Ponte Vedra Beach

We want you to enjoy your time on Florida’s Historic Coast, and that means enjoying amazing food! We asked locals to recommend the best places to eat in the area for your information.

Sawgrass Marriott

Alice & Pete’s Pub
904.285.7777
1000 PGA TOUR Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open for Lunch & Dinner
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American Gator Club
904.285.7777
1000 PGA TOUR Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
** Open Seasonally **
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Vernon’s
904.285.7777
1000 PGA TOUR Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open for Breakfast & Dinner
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TPC Clubhouse

Nineteen
904.280.7677
110 Championship Way
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
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Sawgrass Village

Aqua Grill
904.285.3017
395 Front Street
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11:30 AM – 2AM
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Caffé Andiamo
904.280.2299
500 Sawgrass Village Drive
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
11 AM – 10:30 PM
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Metro Diner
904-513.8422
340 Front Street
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 6:30 AM – 8 PM
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Nona Blue
904.834.7549
325 Front Street
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 12 AM
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Trasca & Co Eatery
904.395.3989
155 Tourside Dr. Suite 1500
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 9 PM
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Ponte Vedra Beach

Al’s Pizza
904.543.1494
635 A1A North
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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Barbara Jean’s
904.280.7522
15 South Roscoe Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Open 11 AM – 9 PM
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Kamiya 86
904.285.2188
2 Fairfield Boulevard, #8
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 2:30 PM, 4:30 – 9:30 PM
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Lulu’s Waterfront Grille
904.285.0139
301 Roscoe Boulevard North
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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Palm Valley Fish Camp
904.285.3200
299 Roscoe Blvd North
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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Poppy’s Italiano
904.273.7272
832-1 A1A North
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 9 PM
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Pusser’s Bar and Grille
904.280.7766
816 A1A North #100
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 12 AM
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Restaurant Medure
904.543.3797
818 A1A North
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 4 PM – 12 AM
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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
904.285.0014
814 A1A North, Suite 103
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Open 5 PM – 10 PM
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Valley Smoke BBQ
904.285.3235
11 S. Roscoe Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 3082
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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3 Palms Grille
904.686.2128
254 Alta Mar Drive
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Open 11 AM – 9 PM
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Jacksonville Beach

Bonefish Grill
904.247.4234
2400 South 3rd Street
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Open 4 PM – 10:30 PM
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Eleven South
904.241.1112
216 11th Avenue South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Open 11 AM – 11 PM
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Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
904.998.9744
4972 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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P.F. Chang’s
904.641.3392
10281 Midtown Parkway, #137
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 10:30 PM
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Roy’s Restaurant
904.241.7697
2400-101 South 3rd Street
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Open 4 PM – 10 PM
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Salt Life Food Shack
904.372.4456
1018 3rd Street North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Open 11 AM – 11 PM
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Taco Lu
904.249.8226
1183 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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Atlantic/Neptune Beach

The Flying Iguana
904.853.5680
207 Atlantic Blvd.
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
Open 11 AM – 12 AM
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Hawkers Asian Street Fare
904.425.1025
241 Atlantic Blvd
Neptune Beach,FL 32266
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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North Beach Fish Camp
904.249.3474
100 1st Street,
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
Open 11 AM – 4 PM
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RagTime Tavern, Seafood & Grille
904.241.7877
207 Atlantic Blvd
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Open 11 AM – 12 AM
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Sliders Seafood Grill/Oyster Bar
904.246.0881
218 1st Street
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
Open 11 AM – 9:30 PM
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St. Johns Town Center

Bahama Breeze
904.646.1031
10205 Rivercoast Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 12 AM
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Brio Tuscan Grille
904.807.9960
4910 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11:30 AM – 10 PM
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Cantina Laredo
904.997.6110
10282 Bistro Street
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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The Capital Grille
904.997.9233
5197 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11: 30 AM – 10 PM
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The Cheesecake Factory
904.998.9511
10260 Midtown Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 11 PM
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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
904.559.4999
4850 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 9:30 PM
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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
904.512.7300
4784 Town Center Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 2PM, 5 – 10PM
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J. Alexander’s Restaurant
904.996.7147
10296 Bistro Street
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 10 PM
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Seasons 52
904.645.5252
5096 Big Island Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11 AM – 11 PM
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Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse
904.997.6528
10206 River Coast Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Open 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5 – 10 PM
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Florida 2019 Legislative Wrap-Up

By Susan E. Anderson, Esq.
FSLA Vice President of Public Policy & Legal Affairs

Florida’s legislative session is complete for 2019.  By this time, you have heard about some of the big issues that passed such as smokable medical marijuana, felon voting rights restoration, disallowing sanctuary cities, arming teachers in classrooms, and texting while driving.  Some other bills of general interest that passed include clearing the way for complete autonomous operation of vehicles without a human driver present and setting up a task force to explore the use of blockchain technology in state operations. All very interesting and we start again in just a few short months with committee meetings and the start of the 2020 legislative session on January 14, 2020.

Florida Senior Living Association will again seek sponsorship for our “Assisted Living Modernization” bill.  We were very close to passage this year, its first year of introduction, which is truly amazing.  We will work over the summer to keep promoting the ideas brought forward in the bill.  Thank you to all members who were able to attend the FSLA Legislative Workshop in March and for your gracious contributions in time and information to make the text of the bill even better.

FSLA BILLS

Assisted Living Modernization
SB 1592/ HB 1349 (Sen. Gayle Harrell – R / Rep. Margaret Good – D)

This bill was requested to be introduced by FSLA.  The bill proposed to update assisted living statutes to make the assisted living experience better for Florida’s seniors and to improve housing options for seniors who need to transition out of their own home; but, are not frail enough to need the services of a nursing home. The bill specifically allowed for assistive devices for resident mobility and preventing injuries to staff; it expanded resident admission criteria to allow the same services that are provided at home to be provided, if appropriate, to the resident in their assisted living home; limited the 1823 admission form to items addressed in a medical examination; eliminates unnecessary reporting of liability claims and the one-day adverse incident report; and the bill allowed for expanded services and choices in the residential setting through the use of technological advances and innovations in health and safety.

Status:  Passed the House and died in the Senate.

Governmental Powers and Emergency Preparedness
HB 1299 / SB 1364 (Rep. Spencer Roach – R / Sen. Joe Gruters – R)

These bills revised assisted living emergency preparedness requirements by adding clarifying language, ensuring that communities may act as evacuee receiving communities regardless of cooled square footage requirements, moving the implementation date for generators to June 1, 2020, and preempting regulation of emergency preparedness for assisted living to the state.

Status:  Passed the House and died in the Senate

Read below for details on the important bills involving senior living and senior care that passed or were either supported or opposed by Florida Senior Living Association.

BILLS PASSED and SIGNED INTO LAW or PRESENTED TO GOVERNOR

Medical Use of Marijuana
SB 182 (Sen. Jeff Brandes – R)

This bill removes the ban on smokable medical marijuana in Florida and clarifies several issues concerning resident use and for employers and employees.  The bill specifies that the use of medical marijuana and the assistance of a caregiver is allowed in assisted living if the community’s policies do not prohibit the use of medical marijuana.  It redefines the term “medical use” to include the possession, use, or administration of marijuana in a form for smoking.  The smoking of marijuana in enclosed indoor workplaces is restricted in compliance with the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act.  Employers may enforce a drug-free workplace program and the employer does not have to accommodate either the medical use of marijuana in the workplace or an employee working while under the influence of marijuana.

Status:  Approved by Governor 3/18/19, Laws of Florida Chapter No. 2019-1
Effective Date:  March 18, 2019
Note:  Assisted living communities should revise workplace smoking and drug-free policies to include medical marijuana.  House rules for residents should disclose whether the community allows smokable medical marijuana and the requirements for use, if allowed.

Assisted Living Rulemaking
SB 184 (Sen. Lauren Book – D)

This bill moves the rule writing authority for assisted living communities (along with hospice, adult day care centers, and adult family-care homes) from the Department of Elder Affairs to AHCA. Only the portions directing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders training stay with the Department.

Currently both agencies develop rules, while licensing and inspection is solely performed by AHCA. Over time this created operational challenges due to the regulating agency (AHCA) enforcing rules that it did not write. Both agencies requested the Legislature to place all rule writing authority with AHCA.

Status:  Approved by Governor 4/26/19, Laws of Florida Chapter No. 2019-011
Effective Date:  July 1, 2019
Note:  The Assisted Living rule chapter, 58A-5 will be moving to a rule chapter governed by AHCA (59); so, it will be re-numbered.  It is a ministerial change and does not require the rule to be “opened” up. FSLA will notify everyone as soon as the new rule number is determined.

Vaping
SB 7012 (Senate Innovation, Industry, and Technology Committee)

This legislation implements Amendment 9 to the Florida Constitution, which was approved by the voters of Florida on November 6, 2018, to ban the use of vapor-generating electronic devices, such as electronic cigarettes, in enclosed indoor workplaces.  It amends part II of ch. 386, F.S., to add the use of vapor-generating electronic devices to the current prohibition against tobacco smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces. Vaping is permitted at the same locations currently authorized to permit tobacco smoking, for example, stand-alone bars and smoking rooms in airport in-transit lounges.

Status:  Approved by Governor 4/26/19, Laws of Florida Chapter No. 2019-014
Effective Date:  July 1, 2019
Note:  Assisted living communities should revise smoking policies to include prohibitions on the indoor use of vaping and the use of e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-cigarillos, e-pipes, and other electronic vaping devices.

Transportation
SB 7068 (Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee)

Creates new toll roads and a turnpike extension in central Florida and a new north-south corridor from Tampa to Georgia.
Status:  Presented to the Governor to be signed into law or vetoed by 5/28/19.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2019

BILLS THAT PASSED and ARE AWAITING PRESENTATION TO THE GOVERNOR

Ballot Measures
HB 5 (Rep. Nick DeCeglie – R)

Requiring a supervisor of elections to verify petition signatures and retain signature forms in a specified manner; providing that an initiative sponsor’s failure to comply with the specified requirements renders any referendum held void; prohibiting compensation for initiative petition circulators based on the number of petition forms gathered; providing penalties for failure to register as a petition circulator, etc.

Status:  5/8/2019 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Note:  Current Florida Constitutional amendment ballot initiatives involve a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour over a period of years and to increase the Medicaid expenditure.

Certificate of Need
HB 21 (Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen- R)

Revising and eliminating the certificate of need process for general hospitals and tertiary services (like transplants and neonatal intensive-care units); specialty hospitals, such as pediatric hospitals, would also no longer be subject to the regulations starting in 2021.

Status:  4/29/2019, HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date:  July 1, 2019

Telehealth
HB 23 (Rep. Clay Yarborough – R)

The bill authorizes Florida licensed health care professionals, as well as those licensed under a multistate health care licensure compact, to use telehealth to deliver health care services within their respective scopes of practice. The bill also establishes standards of practice for services provided using telehealth, including patient examination, record-keeping, and controlled substances prescribing. Out-of-state health care professionals will be authorized to deliver health care services to Florida patients via telehealth if certain conditions are met.

Status:  4/29/2019, HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date: July 1, 2019

Wireless Communications While Driving
HB 107 (Rep. Jackie Toledo – R)

Makes texting while driving a primary offense, prohibiting a person from operating a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device in a handheld manner in a designated school crossing, school zone, or work zone; authorizing a law enforcement office, etc.

Status:  4/29/2019, HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date: July 1, 2019 with a grace period in which law enforcement will issue warning through the end of the year.

Nonemergency Medical Transportation Services
HB 411 (Rep. Daniel Perez -R)

Authorizing certain transportation network companies, including ride-share companies such as Uber and Lyft, to provide nonemergency medical transportation services to a Medicaid recipient under certain circumstances; requiring the Agency for Health Care Administration to update its regulations, policies, or other guidance.

Status:  5/2/2019, HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date: July 1, 2019

Alzheimer’s Disease
HB 449 (Rep. Scott Plakon – R)

Increases membership of Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee; requires committee to submit annual report that includes certain information & recommendations including assisted living resources as a housing option; requires Department of Elderly Affairs to review & update Alzheimer’s disease state plan every 3 years in collaboration with certain parties, etc.

Status:  4/26/2019, HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date: July 1, 2019

Public Utility Storm Protection Plans
SB 796 (Sen. Joe Gruters – R)

Requiring public utilities to individually submit to the Public Service Commission, for review and approval, a transmission and distribution storm protection plan; requiring the commission to conduct an annual proceeding to allow utilities to justify and recover certain costs from customers through a storm protection cost recovery clause, etc.

Status:  5/7/2019, SENATE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date: Upon becoming a law

Electronic Prescribing
HB 831 (Rep. Amber Mariano – R)

Beginning January 1, 2021, requires prescribers to generate and transmit all prescriptions electronically to pharmacies, except when electronic prescribing is unavailable due to a temporary electrical or technological failure; authorizing the Department of Health to adopt rules, etc.

Status:  5/2/2019, HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date: January 1, 2020 

Business Organizations
HB 1009 (Rep. Cord Byrd -R)

A comprehensive amendment to the Florida Business Corporation Act (FBCA), Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act, corporations not for profit, and limited partnership laws. The bill predominantly mirrors the 2016 version of the Model Business Corporation Act

Status:  4/30/2019, HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date:  The amended FBCA applies to all corporations registered or authorized to do business in Florida on January 1, 2020. However, the bill amends s. 607.1907, F.S., to provide that any pending action, proceeding, or right accrued prior to January 1, 2020, will be completed as though the amendments made to the FBCA by this bill had not taken effect.

Continuing Care Contracts
HB 1033 (Rep. Clay Yarborough – R)

Revises & provides provisions related to continuing care contracts including financing, refinancing, procedures & standards for certificates of authority & provisional certificates, escrowed funds, provider acquisitions, expansion of facilities, rulemaking, filing of information, management contracts, minimum standards, procedures for providers not meeting standards, & composition of Continuing Care Advisory Council.

Status:  5/3/2019, HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date: January 1, 2020

Workforce Education
HB 7071 (House Higher Education & Career Readiness Subcommittee)

Revises provisions relating to preapprenticeship & apprenticeship programs, and secondary & postsecondary workforce education; grants high school credit for apprenticeship programs.

Status:  5/2/2019, HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date: 7/1/2019

Taxation
HB 7123 (House Ways & Means Committee)

Reducing sales tax rates on commercial leases from 5.7% to 5.5% beginning January 1, 2020, reenacts Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from May 31, 2019 through June 6, 2019 with qualifying items such as batteries, portable self-powered light sources, weather radios, portable generators (valued at $750 or less), etc.

Status:  5/7/2019, HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
Effective Date: upon becoming a law

BILLS THAT DID NOT PASS

 Sorted by Bill Number
SB 188 Department of Health Harrell
Department of Health; Revising health care practitioner licensure application requirements; revising licensure requirements for a person seeking licensure or certification as an osteopathic physician; revising requirements for examinations of dental hygienists; revising athletic trainer licensure requirements; revising qualifications for licensure as a massage therapist; revising requirements for licensure by endorsement or certification for specified professions, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019
5/3/2019 SENATE Died in returning Messages
HB 253 Independent Living Task Force Gottlieb
Independent Living Task Force: Establishes Independent Living Task Force within Florida Housing Finance Corporation; provides for duties, membership, & meetings of task force; requires task force to submit report to Governor & Legislature by specified date; provides for expiration. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
5/3/2019 SENATE Died in Children, Families, and Elder Affairs
HB 305 At-Risk Adult Alert Plan Ausley
At-Risk Adult Alert Plan: Requires FDLE, in cooperation with DOT, DHSMV, & local law enforcement agencies, to establish & implement At-Risk Adult Alert Plan; requires local law enforcement agency to broadcast information to public & media about certain missing adults. Effective Date: July 1, 2019
5/3/2019 HOUSE Died in Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams Gibson
Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams; Authorizing the establishment of elder abuse fatality review teams in each judicial circuit and housing the review teams, for administrative purposes only, in the Department of Elderly Affairs; assigning responsibility for paying the administrative costs of review team operations to the team members or the entities they represent, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019
5/3/2019 HOUSE Died in Messages
SB 454 Public Records and Public Meetings/Elder Abuse Fatality Review Team Gibson
Public Records and Public Meetings/Elder Abuse Fatality Review Team; Specifying that information obtained by an elder abuse fatality review team which is exempt or confidential and exempt from public records requirements retains its protected status; providing an exemption from public records requirements for identifying information of an elder abuse victim in records created by a review team; providing for future legislative review and repeal; providing statements of public necessity, etc. Effective Date: On the same date that SB 452 or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension thereof and becomes a law
5/3/2019 SENATE Died in Governmental Oversight and Accountability
HB 583 Elder Protection Watson (B)
Elder Protection: Authorizes establishment of elder abuse fatality review teams in each judicial circuit to review deaths of elderly persons under certain circumstances; provides for membership, operations, meetings, & duties of review teams; authorizes review teams to access certain information & records under certain circumstances; provides reporting requirements; provides immunity from monetary liability under certain conditions. Effective Date: July 1, 2019
5/3/2019 HOUSE Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration
HB 585 Pub. Rec. and Meetings/Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams Watson (B)
Pub. Rec. and Meetings/Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams; Provides exemptions from public records & meetings requirements for certain information or victim’s identity obtained by elder abuse fatality review team; provides for future legislative review & repeal; provides statements of public necessity. Effective Date: on the same date that HB 583 or similar legislation takes effect
5/3/2019 HOUSE Died in Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee
SB 588 Preemption of Local Regulations Hutson
Preemption of Local Regulations; Prohibiting certain governmental entities from adopting or enforcing local ordinances or regulations relating to over-the-counter proprietary drugs and cosmetics before a specified date; preempting the establishment of the requirements for alternate generated power sources to the state and to the Division of Emergency Management, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019
5/3/2019 SENATE Died in Rules
SB 670 Assisted and Independent Living Task Force Rader
Assisted and Independent Living Task Force; Creating the task force to evaluate proposals that incentivize building contractors and developers to create space for assisted living facilities and independent living communities within mixed-use developments; establishing the task force adjunct to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities; providing for duties, membership, and meetings of the task force, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
5/3/2019 SENATE Died in Rules
HB 821 Health Care Practitioners Pigman
Health Care Practitioners: Authorizes autonomous practice for specified health care practitioners; requires Board of Health or DOH to register physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse if applicant meets criteria; authorizes such autonomous health care practitioners to perform specified acts without physician supervision or supervisory protocol; provides appropriations & authorizes positions. Effective Date: July 1, 2019, if HB 7079 or similar legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension thereof and becomes a law
5/3/2019 SENATE Died in Health Policy
SB 844 Orange Alert Berman
Orange Alert; Redefining the term “missing endangered person” to include a missing adult who meets the criteria for activation of the Orange Alert of the Department of Law Enforcement; requiring the Department of Law Enforcement, in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Department of the Lottery, and local law enforcement agencies, to establish and implement the Orange Alert; authorizing local law enforcement agencies to broadcast to subscribers of notifications, to the media, and on lottery terminals about certain missing adults, etc. APPROPRIATION: $322,836.00 Effective Date: 7/1/2020
5/3/2019 SENATE Died on Calendar
HB 961 Health Innovation Commission Fine
Health Innovation Commission: Creates Health Innovation Commission within AHCA; provides purpose, membership, meetings, & duties of commission; provides requirements for innovative proposals & requests for exemptions from specified laws or rules; requires commission to review such proposals & provide its findings & decision to applicant within specified timeframe; requires AHCA to submit annual report to Governor & Legislature by specified date; provides rulemaking; authorizes positions & provides appropriations. Effective Date: July 1, 2019
5/3/2019 SENATE Died in Innovation, Industry, and Technology
HB 1035 Patient Access to Records Rommel
Patient Access to Records: Requires certain licensed facilities, providers, & health care practitioners to furnish & provide access to records & reports within specified timeframe after receiving request; authorizes facilities, providers, & practitioners to charge reasonable cost associated with reproducing or providing access to such records & reports. Effective Date: July 1, 2019
5/3/2019 SENATE Died in Health Policy
SB 1348 Health Innovation Commission Gruters
Health Innovation Commission; Creating the Health Innovation Commission within the Agency for Health Care Administration; providing requirements for proposals for innovative improvements to the health care delivery system and requests for exemptions from specified laws or rules; requiring the commission to review such proposals with the assistance of relevant state agencies, if needed, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019
5/3/2019 SENATE Died in Innovation, Industry, and Technology
HB 7119 Use of Regulated Substances Health & Human Services Committee
Use of Regulated Substances: Preempts establishment of minimum age for sale or delivery of tobacco products, nicotine products, or nicotine dispensing devices to the state; provides it is unlawful for qualified physician to issue a certificate for marijuana in a form for smoking to patient under 21 years of age; requires standard informed consent form to include specified health effects to persons under 21 years of age; revises age for smoking near school property; revises prohibited age related to sale, delivery, gift, possession, & purchase of tobacco products; provides it is unlawful to misrepresent age or military service to acquire tobacco products; revises provisions relating to restrictions on sale & delivery of nicotine products or nicotine dispensing devices. Effective Date: October 1, 2019
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Harbor Retirement Associates Receive Top Marks at Culinary Cook Off Competition

VERO BEACH, Fla. – April 25, 2019 – Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA), a senior living development and management company based in Vero Beach, announces that two of its Chefs, Anthony Polito and Ke’o Velasquez, recently received top marks at the first ever culinary competition during the 2019 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference & Expo. The conference was held from April 15 to April 17 in San Antonio, Texas. Chef Polito is currently the Director of Hospitality for the new HarborChase of Dr. Phillips in Orlando and is no stranger to earning accolades in culinary arts winning last year’s culinary competition at the Argentum conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chef Velasquez is currently the Director of Hospitality at HarborChase of the Park Cities in Dallas, Texas.

“We’re thrilled that two of our culinary powerhouses made such a significant impression at this friendly competition during the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference,” said Kim Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of Harbor Retirement Associates. “Their amazing dish is a perfect example of the exciting and creative cuisine we proudly serve to our residents and their guests. With a strong focus on delivering the best in hospitality, our culinary team is dedicated to both surprising and delighting our diners.”

In the cooking competition, Polito and Velasquez received the highest total points against competitors from five other senior living organizations. The HRA team received perfect scores in three out of four categories: “Taste,” “Creativity,” and “Plating.” For their winning dish, they prepared “Guajillo Chili-Rubbed Wagyu Beef Brisket with a Mole Verde, Fire-Roasted Poblano Pepper and Texas Pecan-Horseradish Cheddar Cheese Tamale and Pickled Calabacita Slaw.”

“By integrating seasonal and regional ingredients with contemporary cooking and plating techniques, Chefs Anthony and Ke’o represent the modern era of culinary arts in our industry,” said Christopher Thompson, Vice President of Hospitality at HRA. “It is this approach that will shift the dynamics of culinary artistry and hospitality in senior living and redefine the industry for years to come. As a company, we are thrilled to be recognized as leaders in hospitality and creating an exceptional culinary experience for our residents.”

HRA as an organization is focused on providing exceptional dining and hospitality for its residents and guests. The organization currently operates 35 communities, with 6 under development. Typical HRA community features include full-service dining, housekeeping and laundry services, scheduled transportation and a dedicated staff of associates available 24 hours a day. All communities feature the exclusive Chef’s Fare Dining program with customized dining experiences in multiple restaurants. All communities also offer HRA’s award-winning Life Enrichment program, designed to provide social, devotional, fitness and recreational opportunities that have a positive impact on residents.

For more information on HRA, visit www.HRASeniorliving.com.

About Harbor Retirement Associates

Harbor Retirement Associates (“HRA”) is a regional senior living development and management company, focused primarily on Assisted Living and Memory Care communities, but also engaged in the development and operations of Independent Living and Skilled Nursing communities. HRA operates 35 communities in 9 states and is partnering on the construction of 8 more communities in 5 additional states. HRA manages over $150 million in revenue and approximately $1 billion in assets while employing 2,500 associates.

 

SRI Management Announces VP of Operations and Finance

SRI Management Selects Todd Filippone as Vice President of Operations and Finance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 24, 2019) SRI Management LLC, a highly personal, results-oriented senior living management company with more than 25 communities throughout the Southeast, announces the selection of Todd Filippone as its vice president of operations and finance. An integral member of the SRI Management corporate leadership team for the past three years, Filippone brings more than 15 years of senior housing experience to the company. In his VP role, Filippone oversees all new construction and development in addition to the transition of existing communities acquired by SRI Management, all while continuing to provide operational support for the current portfolio.

“As SRI continues our forecasted growth at an impressive rate, promoting Todd to a VP ensures strategically delivered results,” says Don Bishop, chief executive officer, SRI Management. “His approach of streamlining all systems and programs during community development, construction and/or acquisition ultimately ensures the owner and resident satisfaction for which SRI is widely recognized.”

With Filippone serving as vice president of operations and finance, SRI is poised to acquire, break ground on or open nearly a dozen new communities throughout Florida and the Southeast the upcoming months, all while continuing to operate with its signature core values of character, compassion and commitment.

Since its inception in 2000, SRI’s leadership has consistently sought to be in the forefront of changes in the industry and forging strong relationships with owners. Each SRI-managed property seeks to achieve optimal results in all areas of operations, including resident care, associate satisfaction and retention, and financial performance. The company currently manages 25 (including five properties currently under construction) independent living, assisted living, enhanced assisted living and memory care communities, encompassing more than 2,200 units, with operating revenues exceeding $50-million, annually. More information on SRI Management can be found at www.srimgt.com.

Taste & Tell: A Signature Experience

By Ellen Belk, CDP, National Director of Community Lifestyle & Memory Support at Milestone Retirement Communities

For those who practice Mindfulness, living in the moment is about appreciating the here and now. It takes patience and a bit of training to be able to fully welcome the stillness of mind and body required to be completely ‘present’ in the moment.

At Milestone Retirement Communities, In The Moment® is a branded Memory Support program for residents living with Dementia (note the purposeful use of the word support in Memory Support).

Just over two years ago Milestone Retirement Communities made the shift away from the historically clinical descriptive words like Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Unit with the goal of being an industry leader in recognizing that descriptive words matter. The In The Moment program is based on a 6 Principles of Well-Being design. These Principles guide how activities are structured, care is delivered and meals are prepared.

Additionally, the vision includes infusing more holistic wellness practices into daily operations, with a variety of Signature standards and initiatives that feature non-pharma first interventions.

One of the premier initiatives for the residents in Memory Support is Taste & Tell®. This propriety Signature program for Milestone Retirement Communities is a culinary collaboration between the Memory Support Director, the Culinary Services Director and the residents.

The goal of this program is to capture as many of the 6 Principles of Well-Being as possible in one unique resident experience. Spiritual Support, Physical Engagement, Continuing Education, Lifestyle & Leisure, Artistic Expression and Community Connections can all be achieved within a well-planned Taste & Tell session.

Memory Support Directors are asked to take the lead and schedule regular meetings with the Chef or another member of the Culinary team to strategize about upcoming Taste & Tell gatherings. Might they feature a specific food item? Might they share an updated kitchen tool or gadget that triggers reminiscent conversation? Once the culinary ‘topic’ is determined, each Director has a role in ensuring a successful Taste & Tell outcome.

Imagine a small group of residents working side by side with the Chef, as they cut veggies and mix the meat for the Salisbury steak that will ultimately be their dinner. The Chef pulls out the 4ft industrial mixer from the ‘back-of-house’ to the amazement of his resident-helpers. This sparks a robust conversation about how the 4ft version compares to the hand-held mixers of yesteryear. Smiles are seen, laughter is heard and a small group of other residents and employees gather to observe this lively culinary crew.

Imagine a female resident complete with her crisp white Chef hat and jacket, working alongside the Chef nearly elbow deep in the Italian sausage that will eventually be rolled into meatballs.

Picture the Chef outside on a sunny afternoon in Florida picking veggies and herbs from the raised flower beds with a male resident from Memory Support. The two are gathering the fresh ingredients that will be used in the Taste & Tell program later that day.

The program outline for Taste & Tell was just one page but the directives were clear: Create a robust participatory hands-on experience where residents with Dementia can engage in kitchen-style cooking while learning, reminiscing and tasting their creations!

The images and stories being shared have been heartwarming. Seeing residents engaged in ways not typically shown in Dementia settings, is a great sense of pride for our organization. The participating Chefs are expressing a renewed sense of satisfaction as they step out of their kitchen cocoon and interact in new ways with the residents while showcasing their talents.

For those living In The Moment with Dementia; Taste & Tell has been an overwhelming success. Food, fun and fellowship: the perfect mix of ingredients.

SRI Management Brings Seasoned Leader to Seagrass Village Panama City Beach

 

Rich DeLong Announced as Executive Director of New Panama City Independent Living Community

SRI Management LLC, one of the fastest growing privately held management companies in the Southeast, proudly announces the appointment of Rich DeLong as the new executive director of Seagrass Village Panama City Beach Independent Living. Encompassing 128 units of upscale independent living options for active seniors, the community offers the Village Villas (currently open) as spacious, residential-style floorplans in duplex layouts, as well as The Grand (opening Summer 2019), a three-story apartment-style accommodation option with inclusive resort amenities. In his new position, DeLong will oversee all daily operations and business development, all while developing Seagrass Village of Panama City Beach to be a community which provides an active sense of wellness and care for its residents.

 “A service-minded leader at his core, Rich has an impressive track-record of operating successful senior living communities, driving census and resident retention as well as transforming the mindset of seniors as they transition to this next phase of their lives,” said Don Bishop, chief executive officer, SRI Management. “We know he will bring a service-oriented, active lifestyle culture to Seagrass Village, ensuring quality resident experiences to create a personalized, local community.”

Boasting 20+ years of experience leading and serving in the senior living sector, as well as an extensive career in recreation, teaching and coaching, DeLong brings a diverse background of skills well-aligned with the SRI Management core values of character, compassion and commitment to residents, families and owners alike. Before moving to the Florida Panhandle, DeLong served for nearly 20 years as an executive director, advancing and leading communities for management companies including Magnolia Manor, Five Star Senior Living and most recently, Georgia Living Management. Through his tenure, he has been recognized frequently for both his significant professional achievements, as well as his dedication as a community volunteer, named a Rotarian of the Year and Volunteer of the Year for the Council on Aging, among many other awards and accolades. DeLong holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Education from Georgia Southwestern State University.

“My previous positions as executive director for two top senior care providers fueled my passion for our aging population,” said DeLong. “I’m excited by the opportunity to develop Seagrass Village as a positive, personal and profitable business, providing quality lifestyle options for each resident. My approach in running a successful community is simple – hire great people, provide them with the tools they need to do their jobs well and then step back and be here to support them, guiding us all to seek service above self.

Since its inception in 2000, SRI’s leadership has consistently sought to be in the forefront of changes in the industry and forging strong relationships with owners. Each SRI-managed property seeks to achieve optimal results in all areas of operations, including resident care, associate satisfaction and retention, and financial performance. SRI currently manages 23 independent, assisted living and memory support communities, encompassing over 2,000 units. More information on SRI Management can be found at www.srimgt.com and details on Seagrass Village Panama City Beach can be found at here..