Monday, September 11, 2017

Seniors in nursing homes and assisted living centers sometimes had to flee Irma in large numbers

Moving disabled seniors to shelters, in large numbers, from nursing homes and assisted living centers was indeed harrowing before the arrival of Irma, according to this Washington Post story by Aaron C. Davis and others on Sept. 9.  The link is here

In some cases, distant relatives bought them plane tickets north and arranged for special services to take them to airports. 

Some with Alzheimers were told they were going “on vacation.” 

All of this could be construed as an argument for keeping disabled seniors in their own homes with adult children when possible, but in this case, seniors had already moved to Florida. It’s always been common for seniors to retire on coastal communities, increasing risk.   

Picture:  Naples FL, mine, 2004. 

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