Facility For Elderly Allows Extreme Heat Conditions To Cause Harm To Residents

Nine elderly patients were rescued from a group care home after temperatures rose to more than 100 degrees with a broken air conditioning unit. The facility did not evacuate the residents before harm was caused. Five residents had to be taken to the hospital due to the extreme heat conditions. Families are now being advised to perform adequate research before selecting facilities for their loved ones in need of long term care. 

“Planning ahead and looking at facilities before you need them will allow you to make better choices. When you are doing things in a crisis mode, it is hard to make good decisions,” said the Council on Aging’s family caregiver support program coordinator. “Planning will also allow you to involve other family members because it can be an overwhelming task.” For more, read the story.