Back in May, the Miami Herald ran a series of articles (at least one that was reprinted in the St. Pete Times) called "Neglected to Death," an amazing (and sad) depiction of sweeping failures in state oversight of Florida’s Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) that have left thousands of elderly and mentally ill residents to languish in dangerous and decrepit conditions. The reporters identified 70 cases of neglect and abuse some involving deaths at licensed ALFs.
The year-long investigation and reports have led in part to the creation of a task force created by Governor Rick Scott, and yesterday the group held their first meeting in Tallahassee. However, the fact that the task force is made up of four ALF industry insiders on the 14 member panel has drawn some concern among ALF resident advocacy groups.
According to Sunshine State News, one of those members, Larry Sherberg, protested that the Herald reports were shocking, but a bit overblown, saying, "None of it (the reports of abuse and neglect) is any good; please don’t misunderstand me, but it’s not as prevalent as portrayed here (at the meeting)."