"Skilled Nursing Facilities in Crisis Mode as Hurricane Irma Batters Florida" talks about the challenges skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are facing, including evacuation, rules covering maximum licensed bed capacity, difficulties faced by residents and caregivers, and resources.
As of Sunday evening, about 400 SNFs, assisted living communities, and other health care facilities had been evacuated, the Wall Street Journal reported, which, according to The Washington Post is probably the largest evacuation ever of licensed senior care facilities. On the caregiving front, SNFs will have traumatized residents who need special attention. “These people will be devastated if they can’t go back to where they were, if they’ve lost a home or treasured possessions,” said Terry Fulmer, president of The John A. Hartford Foundation. “They’ll be anxious, they may be depressed, withdrawn, fearful, so providers will be watching for those persistent problems and getting the supports required to [restore] some semblance of normalcy.”