SaintPetersBlog: Nursing homes remain in the dark four days after Hurricane Hermine
Residents of two Tallahassee nursing homes languished without electricity Monday, relying on generators to power cooling and critical medical equipment four days after Hurricane Hermine left most of the city in the dark.
Steve Bahmer, president and chief executive officer of LeadingAge Florida, voiced... concerns. His organization represents continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.
He praised Gov. Rick Scott and local authorities for keeping nursing home administrators updated, and electrical line workers “for the hours of hard work they have put in over the past 72 hours.”
Statement Regarding Hurricane Hermine Recovery Efforts
at Westminster Oaks Retirement Community
Since Hurricane Hermine barreled through Tallahassee on early Friday morning, LeadingAge Florida and Westminster Oaks Retirement Community have been working with state, county, and city officials for a return to normalcy. Today roads were cleared and power was restored this evening to Westminster Oaks.
“As the community of Tallahassee has banded together to help their neighbors, LeadingAge Florida would like to recognize our state, county, and city leaders for their efforts,” said LeadingAge Florida President/CEO Steve Bahmer. “On behalf of Westminster Oaks, I’d like to thank Gov. Rick Scott and the staff of the Executive Office of the Governor for their leadership and support, Mayor Andrew Gillum and city officials for their consistent updates and responsiveness, and most importantly the linemen for the hours of hard work they have put in over the past 72-hours to restore power to our community. We realize the countless difficult issues to deal with in the aftermath of a hurricane, but our vulnerable seniors should be among the highest priorities with regard to recovery efforts. Our seniors residing in the critical care facilities, and their families concerns are relieved because of the dedication of these workers. However, as we move beyond this situation and prepare for the future, we will continue to stress the importance of prioritizing the needs of our seniors to our community leaders.”
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