Sweltering seniors get Popsicles
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Florida seniors shuffled out of stifling assistedliving centres Thursday while caregivers fought a lack of air conditioning with Popsicles and cool compresses after eight people died at a nursing home in the post-hurricane heat. Dozens of the state’s senior centres still lacked electricity days after Hurricane Irma hit the state, and several facilities were forced to evacuate.
While detectives sought clues to the deaths, emergency workers went door to door to look for anyone else at risk.
In one of the latest actions to protect older people, 57 residents were moved from a suburban Fort Lauderdale assisted-living facility without power to two nearby homes where power had been restored. Owner Ralph Marrinson said all five of his Florida facilities lost electricity after Irma.
Workers scrambled to keep patients cool with emergency stocks of ice and Popsicles.