The elderly residents who languished in sweat-box misery at a Hollywood nursing home after Hurricane Irma were the victims of sickening negligence — but whose?
The air conditioning was not working in the summer heat and some residents of a nursing home adjacent to a hospital in Florida lost their lives. Five died with body temperatures ranging from 103 to 106.4 degrees. This, however, was not the Hollywood nursing home in 2017.
Many of America’s roughly 15,600 nursing homes are unprepared for disasters like Hurricane Irma, which recently killed 11 elderly patients in South Florida after the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power. “This could have happened anywhere…”
“Somewhere in between, the misery of a nursing home teetering toward tragedy was reported to every official channel, but no attempt was made to transfer the residents to a safer place, or even to the air-conditioned hospital practically next door.“
We hear from listeners about their decisions about elder care for themselves and parents. And Brian Lee of Families for Better Care talks about what people should know.
Florida’s nursing homes and assisted-living facilities find themselves in an unfamiliar place this week — pushing back against Gov. Rick Scott’s administration over new rules that require them to purchase generator capacity by Nov. 15 to keep their residents safe and comfortable in a power outage.
Gov. Rick Scott learned quickly how the politics of natural disasters can shift. As Hurricane Irma approached, all the state’s attention focused on him. During daily briefings, Scott looked controlled and in charge. Though the usually impassive governor began flubbing lines after a few days, he still looked good. He looked human, showing the effects of round-the-clock stress.
Following the deaths of eight elderly patients who spent three days in a smoldering hot nursing home, Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered nursing homes and assisted living facilities Saturday to obtain generators and the fuel necessary to run them within 60 days.
Nursing Home Where 8 People Died Had Emergency Plan with Copy-Paste Passages, No Mention of Air Conditioning
When the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills submitted its 43-page emergency management plan to county administrators in July, it included details on how the home would maintain clean linen, distribute canned food and ensure residents had access to hand sanitizers. It made no mention of how residents would be kept cool if the home’s power was lost. That was a tragic oversight…
Nearly three weeks before eight elderly patients died in a Hollywood nursing home, Florida regulators lifted a ban on new patients at the owner’s other facility in Miami that earlier was cited for serious health and safety violations, records show…