Friday, April 19, 2013

LTC Community Responds to Tragedy

This week, the nation experienced two tragedies. AHCA/NCAL has received many inquiries as to ways the long term care community can help. Our thoughts are with the victims of this week's events, their families, and all of those impacted by the events. The media has covered these events daily, some with a focus on the particular vulnerabilities of individuals in nursing facilities and the heroic staff members who were there for them.  Watch the the video below about the story of one Texas nursing home worker and her experience during the West, Texas, facility explosion. AARP also posted an article on how to best learn about an evacuation plan at long term care facilities.

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West, Texas: On Thursday, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, caught fire and exploded, leaving at least 15 dead and more than 160 people injured. Of particular concern was our long term care family at AHCA/NCAL member facility West Rest Haven. Thankfully, the nursing home was safely evacuated and the residents who were evacuated are being cared for in eight nearby nursing facilities. One nursing home employee describes her actions throughout the explosion. Click here or on the video image to the right to watch. There is a need for clothing for almost 140 residents.Authorities are reporting that local hospitals are well staffed and equipped to handle the patients at this time, but they need blood donations. Staff at the Department of Aging and Disability Services, Long Term Care Regulatory, is coordinating other offers of help for the facilities and others in the community. Their central point of contact for offers of resources is Alice Powell; 512.438.4664. The Texas Health Care Association will keep AHCA/NCAL apprised of new developments. For more information, visit

Boston, MA: We extend our deepest sympathies to all who were impacted by Monday’s tragic events. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s families and to those who were injured and now face a long road of emotional and physical recovery. While this tragedy has shaken us to the core, we as a community stand united in our efforts to provide assistance to all who may need it. On behalf of our members, Mass Senior Care Association is making a donation to One Fund Boston, the purpose of which is to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during Monday’s Boston Marathon. To make a personal donation, please visit or mail a check to One Fund Boston, Inc., 800 Boylston Street #990009, Boston, MA 02199

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