Thousands of Florida long-term care facility residents displaced by Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian has caused structural damage, flooding at facilities across the storm’s path

Thousands of residents of long-term care facilities in Florida remained displaced by Hurricane Ian.

Kristen Knapp of the Florida Health Care Association says about 47 nursing homes and 115 assisted living facilities have been evacuated as of Friday, with around 8,000 residents among them.

While structural damage and flooding were reported at facilities across the storm’s path, Knapp said there have been no reports yet of serious injuries or deaths among those homes’ residents.

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Displaced boats along San Carlos Boulevard following Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, on Sept. 29, 2022.

Displaced boats along San Carlos Boulevard following Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, on Sept. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Steve Bahmer of Leading Age Florida, which represents non-profit long-term care facilities, offered a similar assessment, with reports of minor damage, broken windows, downed trees and flooding. He said one facility was hit by a tornado but residents have been able to remain there.

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