The quality of care and level of safety have improved in Florida’s nursing homes since laws were passed in 2001 to improve the standards. These measures included more time spent with each patient that is charted, more nurses to be hired, and that nursing homes must carry liability insurance.
Six nursing homes in Polk County have made Florida’s Watch List in the past, which alerts the public to homes that are not meeting standard levels of care. None of the nursing homes in Polk County have appeared on the list since 2004. That is a good indicator that the laws are helping and conditions are improving.