Hospital Housing Nursing Home Residents Displaced By Tornado

Nursing home residents are taking refuge in hospitals in the wake of the Texas tornadoes earlier this week. One resident of the nursing home damaged by tornadoes said when the tornado was approaching, all the residents, even those in wheelchairs, went into the hallway and laid down. "Yes, we were all very scared," She said. "We didn't know what to do."

Fortunately no residents were seriously injured in the storm, but tornado damage to the facility made it unlivable. Of the 131 elderly residents, some left with family members; some were bussed to nearby nursing homes, and the remaining residents filled an entire overflow wing of  the Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

It is still unclear how long the hospital will be hosting the nursing home guests. The nursing home staff has come over to run the unit and they hope to have activities, like bingo, available for the residents at the hospital in the near future. 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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