Power Restored for Most Virginia Nursings Homes & Assisted Living Facilities

Residents at nursing home's in Virginia ate their meals on paper plates and played bingo to help pass the time before full power was restored last week. Three days after Hurricane Irene blew through Virginia, at least 59 long-term-care facilities across the state still were operating on generators as of midafternoon Tuesday.

After Hurricane Isabel in 2003, there was an effort to identify and maintain a list of long-term-care facilities so they would be given priority for power restoration after severe weather.  At one home, hot water was available for bathing and the dining room was serving hot meals, but residents used paper plates and plastic utensils and did without television before full power was restored, said the administrator.

Another facility operating on a generator said the biggest issue is not being able to have air conditioning. Priority is given to restoring power to health-care facilities by category. Hospitals are considered critical and are first in line, then come large rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and Assisted-living facilities come next. 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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