Her successful journey toward culture change in her own building gained national attention, and she's now the chair of the FHCA
Culture Change Council.
In 2006, when FHCA
was discussing image in long-term care and how to put a positive light on what nursing homes do, Connie O'Donnell of All Saints Catholic Nursing Home in Jacksonville, FL said, "We should be treasuring our elders."
The Disaster Planning Guide is available free to FHCA
members or for purchase by nonmembers at www.fhca.org.
During a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing in late June, LuMarie Polivka-West, senior vice president of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA
), said current national emergency plans do not address the special needs of the elderly population, including residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities, in the event of a disaster, such as a flood or a hurricane.
LuMarie Polivka-West, MSP, director of policy and quality assurance, FHCA
: "We learned from Charley how important it is to be prepared.
"You have investors and insurers staying out of Florida because they cannot calculate their liability," said Ed Towey, spokesman for the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA