Deaths at Florida Nursing Home after Irma

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The deaths of elderly people in a Florida nursing home have been described as an emerging scandal of gargantuan proportions, with eight deaths already.

For older people living on their own, such as 94-year-old Mary Dellaratta, getting help can depend on the attentiveness of neighbors, family and local authorities.

Meanwhile, the state made urgent efforts to protect its vulnerable elderly residents.

Nursing homes in Florida are required by state and federal law to file an emergency plan that includes evacuation plans for residents.

"The investigation into this tragedy (at the Broward County facility) and the circumstances that may have contributed to it continues, and it would be inappropriate to comment on details until it concludes", the association said.

When 3-4 patients were rushed into the emergency room of Memorial regional hospital from a nursing home where air-conditioning was not working due to Irma, the hospital staffs immediately walked into the building and found that the rooms were too much hot and humid as well as sticky.

Florida Power and Light says it will restore power in the eastern part of the state by September 17, but customers in western Florida will have to wait until September 22. "We're supposed to be on a priority list, and it doesn't come and it doesn't come and frankly it's very scary".

The state's nursing home association said it tirelessly advocated help for its members before and after the storm.

Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as young people. They called 911. They said there's no air conditioning. "Potentially" more people could die, he said.

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Homebound seniors were also a concern. Around 100 patients were evacuated from the home. They didn't leave then.

They agree, all who provide safety for nursing home residents need to review plans and procedures - and make sure they are prepared for whatever might go wrong. "You're not going to convince a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor to do something that she doesn't want to do". Utility officials warned it could take over a week for power to be fully restored.

Eight residents died at a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma and the state governor vowed a full investigation Wednesday into what he called an "unfathomable" event.

The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38, AP reported.

More than 140 residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were evacuated on Wednesday after fire and rescue crews and medical staff from a nearby hospital found numerous facility's residents suffering from dehydration, heat stress and breathing difficulties. Dozens of hospital workers prepared a command center outside the building and gave red wristbands to patients with critical, life-threatening conditions and yellow and green ones to those who were in better conditions. "Whoever was in charge, whoever was responsible, needs to be called onto the carpet for it".

Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told that Rehabilitation Center present at Hollywood Hills has been sealed-off and police are carefully investigating the case.

Early Wednesday morning is when the residents of the facility started dying. By the afternoon, five more had died.

Scott's office issued a statement at 5:16 p.m. Friday saying that "Every call made to the governor from facility management was referred to the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health and quickly returned". "All evidence and records in the control of the center are being preserved". Another 2016 report found problems with respecting patient dignity and maintaining housekeeping services.

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