Power still out at 50 Florida nursing homes


The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills said in a timeline released by its public relations firm that it repeatedly called emergency hotline numbers and the power utility for help after the air-conditioning system failed. He did not elaborate. "We all have elderly people in facilities, and we all know we depend on those people in those facilities to care for a vulnerable elderly population".

Gov. Rick Scott ordered an emergency moratorium on Wednesday to prevent the facility from admitting new patients.

"I am demanding answers", he tweeted.

"We are devastated by these losses". The chief said authorities have not ruled anything out in the deaths, including carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.

The eight nursing-home residents who died were not the only seniors trapped by sketchy planning.

Including the nursing home deaths, at least 26 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm passed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday that more than 38,000 federal personnel are now working to respond to Hurricane Irma, including staff from the military and civilian agencies. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees kicked back and cut his carotid artery.

Altogether, more than 100 patients there were found to be suffering in the heat and were evacuated, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs.

Most of the deceased were treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues, officials said.

This requires all assisted living facilities and nursing homes to obtain ample resources, including generators and the appropriate amount of fuel to maintain comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage.

Any plan submitted by the Hollywood center was not immediately available.

About 150 of the Florida's almost 700 nursing facilities were without electricity as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Health Care Association, which represents majority. Instead of caving to lobbyists and dismantling critical regulations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should improve enforcement so that no more people in nursing homes end up dying for no good reason. The nursing home has a poor history of inspection results and is affiliated with a South Miami hospital with a troubled past of its own.

Power still out at 50 Florida nursing homes
Power still out at 50 Florida nursing homes

The situation could be especially acute in areas like the Florida Keys, where 25 per cent of homes were destroyed by heavy winds and storm surge. It continued making calls on Monday and Tuesday, including to the electric utility.

Meanwhile, detectives were combing through the Hollywood facility where eight elderly residents died amid sweltering heat.

And at the huge, 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, more than half the residential buildings had no power Wednesday afternoon.

"These people are basically prisoners in their own homes", said Pembroke Pines City Manager Charlie Dodge. "And we're not leaving". Bill Nelson next year.

Trump pledged to come back to Florida "numerous times".

With a moratorium in place and an ongoing criminal investigation, the residents of Hollywood Hills will find new homes at other facilities, said Storey.

"I have nobody", she said.

Standing before rescue helicopters and personnel at a hangar earlier in the day in Fort Myers, Fla., Trump also heaped praise on the state and local officials standing with him.

"I'm not quite clear on how this happened", said Nova, who said he learned of his mother's death from a reporter who got his name and contact info from a nursing home employee.

Of the 141 patients who were evacuated, 70 were discharged from the hospital as of Thursday, city officials said.

"They were sick already". They're not going to leave now.

"She opened her eyes - she looked in my eyes- oh my God, that was the best thing that ever came into my soul", Craig said. "We cared for them like family".

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