6 dead, 115 evacuated at Florida nursing home

5 Dead at Florida Nursing Home that Lost Power During Hurricane

5 Dead at Florida Nursing Home that Lost Power During Hurricane

Elsewhere in South Florida, other alarms were sounded for older residents. For example, it said the facility's certified nursing assistants significantly exceeded state and national averages for the amounts of time they spent with each resident daily.

In addition to severe flooding across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, residents faced widespread power outages that initially plunged more than half the state into darkness.

Fire rescue teams evacuated 122 people Wednesday night from two assisted living facilities near Orlando after the Orange County fire chief ordered firefighters to assess conditions of all elderly communities in the area.

Jon says that "apparently, the facility lost some, but not all of its power after Hurricane Irma".

As the state continued to piece itself back together, President Trump was due to visit Naples in southwestern Florida on Thursday. The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38.

Nursing-home administrator Jorge Carballo said The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has had a "prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane". Regulations dictate nursing homes and other facilities must have preparation plans in place, but the realities of how older Americans cope with a storm go beyond any piece of paper.

Three patients were found dead at the nursing home early yesterday, and three more died at the hospital after more than 100 in all were evacuated, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said.

Sanchez, the police chief, said a criminal investigation had been launched.

Lisa Baker, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who teaches a class on disaster preparedness and co-authored the book "Vulnerable Populations and Disasters", said each new catastrophe brings lessons of how to improve planning and response.

An assisted living center that went without power for almost three days said that its efforts to run fans and keep breezes flowing between open windows could only go so far. Hollywood Public Affairs Director Raelin Story said there is no official cause of death yet, but a number were having respiratory issues.

Police have evacuated several people from a Hollywood nursing home, where at least five people have died. She said Bobby Owens had been at the facility for more than 10 years. "But nobody from the facility has told me anything yet".

Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said the place had been hot but manageable the past few days.

The eight who died ranged in age from 71 to 99, according to the Broward County medical examiner's office. He declined to say whether the electricity was entirely out at the facility or if only the air conditioning was out, saying that was still under investigation.

Among the state's almost 700 nursing facilities, about 150 lacked power as of Wednesday morning, said the Florida Health Care Association, which represents most of the homes.

Around the state, hazards were popping up in the aftermath of the storm.

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