Children with special needs: a ‘gravy train’ for Florida nursing homes?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — At Kidz Korner, children in wheelchairs sit parked in a hallway. It’s a nursing home, but looks more like a storage facility for kids. And it’s been Andrew’s home for more than a year.
Andrew was an outgoing high school senior. His goal was to become a firefighter, but a freak incident changed his life. Just after his 18th birthday, he had a heart attack that starved his brain of oxygen. Since he left the hospital three years ago, he’s lived in nursing homes.
Andrew’s dad, Marcello Martinez, said he would love to care for his son, now 20, at home, but he was never told he could have in-home care. According to a U.S. Justice Department investigation, the state of Florida has been pushing parents like Martinez to send children with disabilities to nursing homes like this one.

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Children with special needs: a ‘gravy train’ for Florida nursing homes?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — At Kidz Korner, children in wheelchairs sit parked in a hallway. It’s a nursing home, but looks more like a storage facility for kids. And it’s been Andrew’s home for more than a year.

Andrew was an outgoing high school senior. His goal was to become a firefighter, but a freak incident changed his life. Just after his 18th birthday, he had a heart attack that starved his brain of oxygen. Since he left the hospital three years ago, he’s lived in nursing homes.

Andrew’s dad, Marcello Martinez, said he would love to care for his son, now 20, at home, but he was never told he could have in-home care. According to a U.S. Justice Department investigation, the state of Florida has been pushing parents like Martinez to send children with disabilities to nursing homes like this one.

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