Florida's Nursing Home Guide (the Guide) is part of AHCA's
ongoing effort to provide information to consumers faced with difficult health
care decisions. This web site allows you to search for a nursing home by
geographic region or by the characteristics
of the nursing homes.
When you view the information for a specific nursing home you will see descriptive information about the facility, as well as the facility's performance on past inspections as represented by stars ( s). Under the stars is a link "Inspection Details for this Facility", which will take you to a listing of this facility's deficiencies over the past 30 months. Clicking on any citation will take you to a fuller explanation of that citation.
Also under the stars are the links "Explanation of the Performance Measures (Stars)" and "Explanation of Inspection Scoring ". Clicking on these links will provide you with the details of the scoring process.
There are necessary regulatory delays between when a nursing home is cited for a deficiency and when that citation will appear on this web site. This delay will typically be one to five months since deficiency information is updated quarterly. So when you visit a nursing home, we encourage you to request copies of more recent inspection results.
The Nursing Home Guide Watch List identifies nursing homes that are operating under bankruptcy protection or met the criteria for a conditional status during the past 30 months. A conditional status indicates that a facility did not meet, or correct upon follow-up, minimum standards at the time of an inspection. Immediate action is taken if a facility poses a threat to resident health or safety. Under Florida law, nursing homes have a right to challenge state sanctions. Facilities challenging a conditional license are noted as "under appeal". Watch List information is subject to change as appeals are processed; information is updated regularly on this web site.
According to s. 400.191(5)(a), F.S., every nursing home licensee shall post in a sufficient number of prominent positions in the nursing home a copy of all of the pages that list the facility in the most recent version of the Nursing Home Guide. The required Guide web pages include facility-specific information: Nursing Home Guide Facility Display page, all Watch List information, and Inspection Details for Facility. To assist in accessing these pages for your facility, please read these instructions.
The Nursing Home Gold Seal Award was implemented in 2002 as a way to recognize Florida nursing homes that exhibit excellence in care management and quality of life for their residents. While the vast majority of nursing homes in the state adhere to laws requiring high quality of care, the Gold Seal program was designed to reward those facilities with exceptionally high standards and quality of care. Each Gold Seal facility must meet rigorous criteria and is evaluated relative to the performance of their peers by region. Gold Seal recipients must be in operation a minimum of 30 months prior to the date of application. Performance criteria includes financial soundness, high quality of care ranking, an excellent record with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, no "conditional" licenses nor Nursing Home Watch List appearances in the past 30 months, and a demonstrated evidence of community involvement.
Some of the information in this Guide is self-reported and is subject to change over time. Every effort is made to ensure accuracy. Corrections, comments, and suggestions are welcome. Photocopying is permitted and encouraged.
The Agency for Health Care Administration has further information on the topics discussed in this Guide. This Guide and other helpful publications are available electronically at ahca.myflorida.com or www.floridahealthfinder.gov.
Last Updated in May, 2013