Heat Forces Nursing Home Residents to be Relocated

Officials are investigating a city nursing home that didn't report that it had been without air conditioning since Sunday. Meanwhile, a former resident said the home has a history of heating and cooling issues. The facility is home to about 150 residents, one of whom said it was so unbearably hot that she "had run out of sweat."

Yesterday state officials had the residents moved to nearly a dozen other facilities with air conditioning until the problem is resolved.  Residents had been complaining about the heat, but said that staff did not respond to their complaints. City and state health officials said they only became aware of the problem on Monday morning after one resident called 911 for help. When authorities arrived, the temperature inside the building was 92 degrees.

Many of the residents are vulnerable adults, including amputees, HIV patients and gunshot victims. City medics said they went room to room checking on each resident. Portable air conditioning units, and fans were brought in, but they were not working effectively enough so the residents were relocated. The residents may be relocated for more than a week while the new air conditioning system is being installed and tested. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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