11 Jun New law to allow more nursing home beds in The Villages
A new law recently approved by Gov. Scott opens the door for The Villages and other large retirement to build up to 240 nursing home beds, despite the state’s current cap.
Florida currently has a moratorium on additional nursing home beds, but the new law would allow larger 55-and-over communities such as The Villages to build two 120-bed facilities outside of the moratorium. The law, signed by Gov. Scott on June 7, takes effect immediately.
Other communities that could take advantage of the new law include On Top of the World, an Ocala community with more than 5,000 homes and 10,000 residents.
The bill sponsors, Rep. Marlene O’Toole, R-Lady Lake, and Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, said the measure fills a critical need for residents of The Villages to get nursing home care in their own community.