Seniors fight post-storm heat with Popsicles, compresses
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. » Florida seniors shuffled out of stifling assisted-living centers 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 senior centers still lacked electricity in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Several facilities were forced to evacuate. While detectives sought clues to the deaths, emergency workers went door to door to look for anyone else who was at risk.
In one action, 57 residents were moved from a suburban Fort Lauderdale assisted-living facility without power to two nearby homes with restored power. Owner Ralph Marrinson said all five of his Florida facilities lost electricity after Irma. Workers tried to keep patients cool with stocks of ice and Popsicles.
Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting Thursday for full power, according to the Florida Health Care Association.