nursing home deaths

Police confirm six fatalities at a Hollywood, Florida nursing home Wednesday morning, days after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility’s air conditioning.

The deaths were confirmed as 100 residents were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Hurricane Irma made landfall near Naples on Florida’s west coast on Saturday. Hollywood is on Florida’s southeast coast, about 100 miles away from where the storm hit.

Aerial news footage showed police and facility staff evacuating patients from the nursing home on Wednesday.

A police spokesman said the residents were evacuated after the nursing home suffered a “prolonged power failure” that knocked out the facility’s air conditioning for days.

Police did not disclose the cause of the deaths, but the elderly residents may have succumbed to heat exhaustion and dehydration.

In a statement released to NBC6 News, the facility administrator said, “Unfortunately, early this morning several patients experienced distressed and there were three fatalities.”

Police have confirmed 6 fatalities at the nursing home.

  • Ebony Starr

    So sad!

  • Yardgirl

    Police did not disclose the cause of the deaths, but the elderly residents may have succumbed to heat exhaustion and dehydration.

    So sad!! My best friend just told me about this and my heart just break for those people. I suffer easily from dehydration (I have been hospitalized a couple of times, so I know how bad that is) What a horrible way to die!! :-(

  • You Could Never

    After the elders in Texas in the water, this could have been AVOIDED and should have been. EVACUATE the elderly FIRST. Its not hard. Im so mad at this.

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  • Chicagowise

    Lawsuit. Hospitals and nursing homes should have backup power generators.

  • nick c

    This keeps happening do these facilities not have evacuation procedures? I would definitely sue the one up the street from me runs your family 5k a month.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    I was certain that when you open facilities such as these you are to give that information to rescue ie nearest fire department and police department in case of such emergencies so that in the event of something catastrophic, they are among the first to be rescued.. that doesn’t happen anymore?

  • stav

    Also how does anyone die of dehydration in a nursing home, when they are capable of hydrating patients intravenously?

  • Chicagowise

    Most nursing homes are nothing more than death traps for the elderly.

  • Renee26

    Sad…RIP to the elders. Heath facilities should all have back up generators in place

  • Miss Thang

    I’m in Miami, South Dade to be exact, and it’s hotter than the Devil’s vajayjay out here. No power for 4 days. I can’t imagine the way these poor people died. That is torture.

  • Nessa

    It’s very hard to get elderly people out in emergencies. Think about it .. bed written , some can’t want walk . Understaffed Nursing Assistants . I was a Nursing asstiant for 10 years. It’s hard and the pay is crap !!! Cna’s has to be one of hardest jobs out here .

  • MythCalledLove

    I thought those type of facilities we’re req to hv a generator to kick in after a power failure.