“All of these nursing facilities clearly failed to execute their emergency preparedness plans to provide essential care and services to their residents."
INDEPENDENCE, La. — Following the deaths of seven patients amid the ill-fated evacuation of more than 800 others, the Louisiana Department of Health Tuesday announced it has shut down seven nursing homes that moved its residents to a cramped and leaky warehouse in Independence, La. to ride out Hurricane Ida.
The state said it had notified the owner that his licenses were revoked and their Medicaid agreements had been terminated.
“The situation at the site was clearly and rapidly deteriorating,” LDH wrote in its notice to the nursing homes owner, Bob Dean Jr.
Descriptions from people inside the warehouse depict hot, overcrowded conditions in which patients were crying out, some making 911 calls, while caregivers ran out of food and water as portable toilets overflowed and waste accumulated …