Death of 8 at Florida nursing home sounds alarms after Irma

Death of 8 at Florida nursing home sounds alarms after Irma

"We're talking to all of our nursing homes", Scott said.

In a huge, 15 000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, more than half the residential buildings had no power on Wednesday afternoon. "I just don't understand it", she said. A deacon from her Roman Catholic church has also stopped by. Some are in critical condition, she said.

Police have opened a criminal investigation.

Near the point of despair, remembering to take her medicine or locating her cane are nearly insurmountable challenges. "I don't know if she is dead or alive", Ms. Mitchell said.

"She says, 'Jean, I can't breathe".

Though the number of people with electricity had drastically improved from earlier in the week, some 6.8 million people across the peninsula continued to wait for power, and utility officials warned it could take a week or more for all areas to be back up and running.

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.

Governor Rick Scott called on Florida emergency workers to immediately check on nursing homes and assisted living facilities to make sure patients are safe, and he ordered an investigation into the deaths.

The death toll from Irma stood at 81, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the United States mainland this year.

Nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo said in a statement that the facility was evacuated Wednesday "due to a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane".

The center where eight people died released a timeline of calls to state officials asking for help.

The facility outside Miami where eight residents died last week has been cited for 33 deficiencies since 2014 for noncompliance with federal regulations.

"It's a sad state of affairs", said Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez, who said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center were heat-related and said the building has been sealed off and a criminal investigation underway. Authorities performed safety checks on other facilities around the city Wednesday.

"There is no reason whatsoever those individuals should have been in a home that hot for that many days", Flores said.

By 10 p.m. Monday the center said five more calls were made for help.

"People are telling me different things", she said Wednesday evening.

While my research focused on the use of antipsychotic drugs in people with dementia as "chemical straightjackets," I encountered other types of abuse and neglect in numerous 109 facilities I visited.

Several other nursing homes were evacuated because of a lack of power or air conditioning, and workers scrambled to keep patients cool with emergency stocks of ice and Popsicles.

He said FPL works with Broward and all the counties in its territory to plan ahead of hurricane season and find out what facilities should get power first, which is a county decision.

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 a lot of them.

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.

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