Se­niors fight post-storm heat with Pop­si­cles, com­presses

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

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.

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