State and City Leaders Ask Residents to Watch Out for the Elderly During Heat Wave

With more hot weather on the way, state officials are urging people to be cautious. They also took time out to honor the paramedics who rescued more than 100 seniors from the heat last week.

Last week 150 seniors were evacuated from their nursing home after they had been living without air conditioning for days. A second nursing home in the same region also moved out their residents after the air conditioning broke down.

As temperatures are about to rise again, the city's Mayor reminded people at a senior center to be cautious. So far this summer the state has lost 12 people to heat related illness. Paramedics were recognized for rescuing the elderly residents from their warm quarters, ensuring everyone made it out safe.

It may be another week before residents move back. The AC still isn't fixed and then state inspectors must make sure it's safe for everyone to come back. State and city leaders want residents to know they're trying to help people cope. But more than anything, they encourage people to check on their elderly family members and neighbors, and take the heat seriously. 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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