Recently, Channel 4 reported that a 70-year-old woman was found unresponsive in a communal hot tub at an assisted living facility died at a hospital this past Friday, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. The woman was left alone for 10 minutes shortly after 10 a.m., said Cmdr. Steve Corbitt of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. When attendants from the Ashford Court at Marsh Landing returned, they found her unresponsive in the water.
Rescuers were called to Ashford Court Assisted Living off The Greens Way after the woman was found about 10:20 a.m. in the second-floor hot tub. Police said facility staff and rescuers performed CPR, but the woman died at Baptist Medical Center Beaches at about 11:15 a.m. Police said they’re not sure if she drowned or had a medical issue. The woman, whose identity was not immediately released, lived at the facility, and her family is from Jacksonville Beach, police said. The Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.The facility had no comment.
What Is An Assisted Living Facility?
A Florida Assisted Living Facility or A.L.F. Are licensed by the Agency For Health Care Administration or AHCA. These Facilities provide 24 hour supervision for older adults who can no longer live independently . Florida Assisted Living Facilities provide residents housing, food, assistance with activities of daily living and other services. As soon as a resident requires 24 hour nursing supervision, a Florida Assisted Living facility must be relocated to a facility that can accommodate their needs
For Residents of Assisted Living Facilities and Adult Family Care Homes
According to Section 429.28 and 429.85, Florida Statutes:
Also, every assisted living facility resident shall have the right to at least 45 days’ notice of relocation or termination of residency from the facility unless, for medical reasons, the resident is certified by a physician to require an emergency relocation to a facility providing a more skilled level of care or the resident engages in a pattern of conduct that is harmful or offensive to other residents. In the case of a resident who has been adjudicated mentally incapacitated, the guardian shall be given at least 45 days’ notice of a non-emergency relocation or residency termination. Reasons for relocation shall be set forth in writing. In order for a facility to terminate the residency of an individual without notice as provided herein, the facility shall show good cause in a court of competent jurisdiction.
Every adult family care home resident shall have the right to at least 30 days’ notice of relocation or termination of residency from the home unless, for medical reasons, the resident is certified by a physician to require an emergency relocation to a facility providing a more skilled level of care or the resident engages in a pattern of conduct that is harmful or offensive to other residents. If a resident has been adjudicated mentally incompetent, the resident’s guardian must be given at least 30 days’ notice, except in an emergency, of the relocation of a resident or the termination of a residency. The reasons for relocating a resident must be set forth in writing.
An assisted living facility resident or adult family care home resident may request assistance from the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program by calling toll-free 1-888-831-0404.