The controversy continues surrounding the sweltering nursing home in Hollywood Florida. 11 of its patients died after Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma cut a destructive path through Florida leaving many people with damaged homes and businesses and communities without essential infrastructure and services. One of the saddest, most heart wrenching, and perhaps avoidable, of all the terrible effects from Irma, was the death of 11 residents in a Hollywood nursing home and the suffering of over a hundred other residents. That these individuals suffered as a result of apparent negligence on the part of the facility’s operators seems probable and will ultimately be decided by regulators and the courts. 

But that should not be the end of the scrutiny; in fact, it should open our eyes to an issue that has not received proper attention for several years – the state of publicly funded long-term care (LTC) in Florida.  We have good reason to fear that the state is not prepared to care properly for the great growth for LTC over the next 20 years. This growth will come with the unprecedented increase in…