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Louisiana nursing dwelling resident went lacking for days after Ida earlier than being discovered 60 miles away, household says

GRETNA, La. — Carolyn McNulty says when she requested the administration on the Louisiana nursing dwelling the place her 96-year-old mom lived what their emergency plans have been for Hurricane Ida, she was advised if the storm reached Class 3 or greater, the residents can be evacuated to close by Independence.

“They didn’t inform me it was going to be a warehouse,” McNulty, 69, a New Orleans-area native, mentioned.

The following occasions prompted a nightmare state of affairs, she mentioned, that made her go sleepless for days.

Her mom, Evelyn Harden, who’s blind and has dementia, was underneath the care of Park Place Healthcare LLC, situated within the suburb of Gretna, when Ida tore a vicious path by way of southern Louisiana.

Practically 850 residents from seven totally different nursing houses, together with Park Place, have been transported to a warehouse the place video later confirmed them on mattresses as floodwater washed by way of the constructing.

Carolyn McNulty reads a letter she obtained from Park Place Rehab and Nursing Heart in Gretna, La., the place her mom was dwelling till she disappeared. (Samuel Brock / NBC Information)

Moreover, information from the Environmental Safety Company point out the earlier tenant within the constructing was a pest management firm who had been required to submit documentation attributable to a qualifying degree of poisonous substances.

“My daughter noticed a brief story from a reporter and she or he forwarded it to me, and that’s once I discovered that my mother was in [the warehouse] and that’s once we began making our calls,” McNulty defined, saying that she was “horrified” by what her mom endured.

She mentioned her mom couldn’t be situated till she was tracked down a few days later in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, about 60 miles from the warehouse.

McNulty, a retired hospital technician, says she has no thought how her mom bought there, and says communication from the nursing dwelling was nonexistent.

“She mentioned she was hungry, and she or he was scared.”

Within the aftermath of the storm, seven residents evacuated to the warehouse died, and the Louisiana Well being Division revoked the licenses of the nursing houses, all owned by Bob Dean.

Evelyn Harden went missing from Park Place Rehab and Nursing Center in Gretna, La. (Courtesy Carolyn McNulty)

Evelyn Harden went lacking from Park Place Rehab and Nursing Heart in Gretna, La. (Courtesy Carolyn McNulty)

NBC Information reached out to Dean greater than a dozen instances with out receiving a response, leaving voicemails for him and varied workers members.

Each the Louisiana Well being Division and the state Legal professional Basic’s Workplace are investigating. A request for an interview with the well being division was denied, with an company spokesperson replying, “that is an lively investigation with pending litigation.”

At a information convention this week, Stephen Russo, with the well being division, mentioned of the evacuation, the broad parameters of which have been accredited by the state, “there isn’t any emergency preparedness plan that permits for residents to be saved in such an unsafe, unsanitary and unhealthy situation.”

For McNulty, the main target now turns to 1 factor: accountability.

“I wish to see the proprietor punished, and I wish to see the state step up,” she mentioned. “The state of Louisiana didn’t step up for my mom, and I’m simply one of many fortunate ones that after two days I do know the place my mother is being cared for.”

Harden is at the moment residing in a nursing dwelling in Lafayette, Louisiana, a couple of two-hour drive from her unique location at Park Place. Her daughter says she’s going to by no means return to Park Place.

When Dean’s firm took over the nursing dwelling care from the earlier proprietor final fall, McNulty says, she obtained a letter, which she confirmed to a reporter.

It reads partially, “Park Place has dedicated to offering our residents with compassionate care and significant actions that can improve the full high quality of life. We’re additionally dedicated to offer loving, dignified care to our residents and promote excellence to satisfy the wants of our numerous inhabitants.”