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Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 400
NURSING HOMES AND RELATED HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
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F.S. 400.1183
400.1183 Resident grievance procedures.
(1) Every nursing home must have a grievance procedure available to its residents and their families. The grievance procedure must include:
(a) An explanation of how to pursue redress of a grievance.
(b) The names, job titles, and telephone numbers of the employees responsible for implementing the facility‚Äôs grievance procedure. The list must include the address and the toll-free telephone numbers of the ombudsman and the agency.
(c) A simple description of the process through which a resident may, at any time, contact the toll-free telephone hotline of the ombudsman or the agency to report the unresolved grievance.
(d) A procedure for providing assistance to residents who cannot prepare a written grievance without help.
(2) Each nursing home facility shall maintain records of all grievances and a report, subject to agency inspection, of the total number of grievances handled, a categorization of the cases underlying the grievances, and the final disposition of the grievances.
(3) Each facility must respond to the grievance within a reasonable time after its submission.
(4) The agency may investigate any grievance at any time.
History.s. 19, ch. 2001-45; s. 64, ch. 2007-230; s. 5, ch. 2012-160.