BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- AARP Louisiana State Director, Denise Bottcher issued the following statement in response to the four nursing home residents in Tangipahoa Parish that died in a mass shelter:
“AARP Louisiana is calling on state and federal authorities to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the warehousing of vulnerable, medically fragile adults and seniors during Hurricane Ida. Nursing homes have a duty to care for their residents, which includes planning for emergencies and evacuations. These tragic deaths are the result of a complete failure of oversight, enforcement, and planning dating back more than a decade.
“Nursing homes need stricter standards and more accountability. AARP Louisiana calls on state leaders to reform the broken long-term care system. Instead of spending billions on bleak, sub-par but expensive nursing homes, we should focus efforts on helping more seniors live in their own homes with support.
“It’s a privilege to hold a nursing home license. It’s time to take it away from the facilities involved in this tragedy.”