Neglected to Death

Neglected to Death: Key Events

1975





1980



1981



1982

Amendments are passed in Florida drawing clear distinctions between nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, where people need help with everyday chores but not 24-hour nursing care.

1987



1990

Florida’s population nearly doubles between 1970 and 1990 — from 6.7 million to 12.9 million — creating waves of elderly and disabled people in need of housing and care.

1991



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1997





1999

Operation Spot Check: Attorney General Bob Butterworth expands a program that draws together multiple agencies to carry out surprise inspections of troubled homes that received Medicaid funding. The agencies include the state attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, AHCA, the Department of Children & Families, Florida’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Council, state attorneys, and local fire and code inspectors. The goal: rooting out neglect and abuse.

2000



2001





2008

Florida adopts new laws raising the penalty for aggravated abuse of elderly and disabled people to a first-degree felony.

2010

The state now has 2,850 ALFs housing more than 80,000 people.

Research by JARED GOYETTE

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