St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement today on the 2014 Legislature’s failure to adopt reform of the assisted-living industry in Florida at the end of the legislative session Friday:

“After years of delay and maneuvering, AARP had hoped to see the Legislature enact needed reform of the assisted living facility in Florida in 2014.  Once again, reform failed.”

“We are very disappointed.  Floridians 50+ have been asking for reform of assisted living facility oversight since a Miami Herald expose of shocking abuses in the ALF industry in 2011.  Now they will have to wait another year.”

“Floridians deserve lawmakers’ assurance that they will not suffer abuse and neglect while living at assisted-living facilities.  Legislative failure to provide this assurance is a disservice to all Floridians and to the quality providers within this important industry.”