Pinecrest Nursing Home: A Tale of Two Deaths
After an elderly woman died in her Pinecress nursing home last year, she was cremated.
The funeral was held at a private home and the family received no compensation for the funeral or cremation.
But they were awarded $50,000.
Now, the family is fighting a court ruling that will put them in a position of financial and emotional uncertainty.
In June, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the county’s ruling that the funeral home’s cremation should be considered funeral service.
It said the county had to pay the family the amount because of the emotional distress it caused.
But that decision did not apply to a funeral home in Pinecreprest.
That funeral home is owned by the Pinecreek Regional Medical Center, which owns the nursing home.
The decision came after a three-year legal battle over the nursing homes fees, and because the Pinecotres are not affiliated with the hospital.
But the lawsuit claims that the medical center was not a party to the suit, and the court has not set a date to decide the case.
The Pinecreshans are among the more than 60,000 Florida residents who are eligible for the state’s nursing home benefit program.
The state estimates that nearly 8,000 people in Florida have been granted nursing home benefits since 2004.
A handful of nursing homes have sued over the program.
The case will be heard by the court’s appeals court on Monday.