As some of our Melbourne readers may remember, a moratorium was put into place in our state in 2001 that stopped the construction and expansion of nursing home facilities across Florida. The intended purpose of the moratorium was to "encourage other forms of assistance" for elderly residents across the state. But the growing demand for nursing home care has forced the legislature to lift the moratorium, granting the construction of new facilities in our state.
One county that will benefit greatly from the lifting of the moratorium is our own Brevard County, which will welcome a new $15.6 million nursing home facility. Once completed, the facility will be able to provide 131 new beds. It's unknown when construction will begin or when it will be completed.
Residents in Brevard County are not the only ones who will benefit from the state's decision to lift the 14-year-old nursing home construction ban. A total of 22 new nursing homes are expect to go up across the state with another 11 approved for expansions. Not only will this help address the growing need for health care among the baby boomer generation, it will also help employment here in Florida by creating temporary jobs while construction goes on.
As so many of our readers know, Florida has long attracted retirees who flock to our state by the dozens each year. Unfortunately, this has created a growing need for nursing home facilities. Now that the moratorium has been lifted though, this demand can be met, giving retirees an environment much more suited to their healthcare needs.
Sources: The Orlando Business Journal, "C. Fla. to get $115.7M in new nursing home beds after 14-year state ban lifted," Anjali Fluker, Feb. 23, 2015
The Florida Senate, "Interim Report 2011-125," October 2010