Consortium Addresses Care for Seniors During Disasters

January 26th, 2018 By Jackie Larena-Lacayo

MIAMI – A consortium of healthcare workers, first responders and elected officials met today with United States Representative Frederica Wilson, Democrat-Miami, in our own Ruby Auditorium to discuss how nursing homes can better care for seniors during disasters.

Miami Jewish Health is the largest nursing home in the state, with 428 skilled nursing beds and 32 geriatric hospital beds.

Wilson formed the task force after 14 nursing home residents at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood died last year when the air conditioning system failed after Hurricane Irma.

“We are months away from another hurricane season,” Wilson said. “We must have a clear conscience that we have done everything in our power to make sure nothing like that ever happens again.”

The group of about 20 divided into groups to discuss everything from advocacy and outreach to recovery, first responders, city government and hospitals.

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