unlicensed assisted living facilities
In a move supported by James O. Cunningham and other Orlando elder abuse attorneys, a Senate committee recently vowed to close unlicensed assisted living facilities (ALFs) in Florida. The committee responded to a recent article in the Miami Herald that revealed many unlicensed ALF operators have been using loopholes in state laws to escape routine inspections by state agencies. The article found many facilities that claimed to be rooming houses, shelters or “sober homes” but were, for all intents and purposes, ALFs with deplorable conditions for residents. One operator had a criminal history which would have prevented them from owning or operating a licensed ALF.