Lack of Power has Resulted in Eight Elderly Folks Losing Their Lives

By Tiffany Rodgers

Not having power is creating quite the deadly situation. Everyone understands that getting the power back on will be difficult, but it is of the up most priority. You have to remember where they live. September is still rather warm in Florida.

Elderly folks are at a higher risk when the temperatures start elevating. One would imagine that those elderly folks would be moved to facilities with air conditioning. Unfortunately, it just isn’t that easy and simple.

At least eight elderly people in a Hollywood, Florida nursing home have died due to lack of air conditioning. The remaining residents have been evacuated to a local hospital. To make matters worse, this specific nursing home is right across the street from the hospital that was receiving evacuated residents.

This is such a tragic turn of events. We must put the elderly and sick at the top of the priority list. Around 116 other nursing homes remained without the ability to run their air conditioners. In addition to the power issues, some of those nursing homes were reporting staffing issues related to the state’s fuel shortages. They were also having a hard time getting outside transportation companies to evacuate the elderly out of those facilities that couldn’t keep the temperature regulated.

This situation should never have happened. The elderly and sickly folks should have been watched very carefully after Irma slammed Florida. There are a lot of moving pieces to this aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and certain folks must be at the top of the priority list. This is a tragedy that could have been avoided. Hopefully, Florida has learned their lesson, albeit the difficult way. Please, Florida takes care of those that cannot necessarily take care of themselves.

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