Family Sues After 8 Die in Nursing Home Following Hurricane Irma

Family Sues After 8 Die in Nursing Home Following Hurricane Irma

One would think that the terrible photo of nursing-home residents in Houston, left to languish in waist-high water after Hurricane Harvey, would have made every facility in Florida cringe - and come up with a Plan A, B and C as Irma approached. Detectives were at the nursing home Wednesday continuing the investigation.

This past Saturday, Gov. Rick Scott announced that he was directing two state agencies to implement emergency rules to apply to all 685 nursing homes and 3,109 assisted living facilities in the state to require them to "obtain ample resources, including a generator and the appropriate amount of fuel, to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96 hours following a power outage".

There are 683 nursing homes in Florida with more than 84,000 beds, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and regulates these facilities.

The center had some electricity, but not enough to power the air conditioning.

"As the hurricane approached, Ms. Cabrera was told by the Rehab Center that she would not be evacuated, but would be safe and cared for" at the nursing home, the complaint says.

The facility took meager measures by situating only a few portable air "coolers" throughout the entire 81,000 square foot facility.

Further north, Broward County school officials said classes would resume Monday, but in Miami-Dade County, one of the nation's largest school districts, student still don't know when they'll return to class, forcing many parents to juggle childcare as they head into a second week of recovering from Hurricane Irma.

Hollywood Hill's proximity to Memorial Regional was one of reasons Gail Nova stayed there, her son Jeffrey said, so she could seek care as she needed it.

The city Electric Utilities Department has a long record of going to other communities to help after hurricanes or ice storms, including sending crews to the Northeast five years ago after Superstorm Sandy and dispatching workers almost 20 years ago to eastern North Carolina after Hurricane Floyd.

Broward County had said it did not label the nursing home as "critical" infrastructure based on a Florida Power and Light guidance document suggesting that these facilities are "non-critical, but play a decisive role in community recovery after a serious event", the county said in its statement.

A kitchen worker at the center told the Miami Herald that the facility "had power from a generator to cook meals, but no air conditioning".

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Thursday the death toll in there is now up to 82. Moulder's mother was released from the hospital to a new nursing home. City and state officials said they were in contact with the nursing home for three days and advised them to call 911 if they believed that the health or safety of patients was at risk. "If they find that this facility was not meeting the state's high standards of care, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law".

Over 100 people were evacuated from the Hollywood Hills facility on Wednesday after days without air conditioning.

By Friday morning, most Floridians who lost their electricity after the storm had gotten it back.

"I want to thank everybody", Trump said.

"She was sitting in front of a blower, and she nearly cried", Johnson said of Hibbard.

Now, Vega is left to grapple with the reality that she and her family have no home.

"She says, 'Jean, I can't breathe".


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