On April 6 2022 Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 988 into law, ensuring that visitation will be available to residents in Florida’s long-term care facilities. LeadingAge Florida applauded the Governor for his action and issued a statement attributable to President and CEO Steve Bahmer.
“We are grateful to the Governor for signing this legislation into law and his continued commitment to putting seniors first.

Limits on visitation in long-term care were incredibly difficult for families and their loved ones. Our members did a phenomenal job combatting social isolation and depression throughout the pandemic through the use of technology and other creative approaches, but nothing can replace physical touch and interaction.

Social interaction promotes mental, physical and emotional health for residents and simply improves their overall quality of life.”

For nearly 60 years, LeadingAge Florida has been the state’s leading advocate for high-quality senior living, aging services and care. We are the only statewide association representing the full continuum of care for seniors. The Association provides up-to-date regulatory information, a wide variety of educational opportunities, representation before the Legislature and government agencies, group purchasing services, and opportunities for networking with peers to help member communities best serve the needs of Florida’s senior population.