Assisted Living Facilities Weather the Icy Storm

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– With record low temperatures this week and lingering power outages, assisted living facilities are prepared to weather this storm.

Creating a game plan and thinking ahead has been essential during uncertain times as these. 

 La Plantation Assisted Living Director, Malayne Sharp said, “We were very prepared. I had our maintenance supervisor go around and prepare for the freeze, wrap the pipes, so that way it can help prevent us from experiencing any frozen pipes or an outage. “

 Keeping residents warm and safe were major priorities for many assisted facilities across the area.

Southside Gardens Executive Director Mark Calvit said, “The goal Monday and of course yesterday was for the residents not to have to go outside at all.”

Although interstate commerce slowed down, these facilities prepared for the worst. 

“Actually, our food truck just got here this morning, but luckily because of the corporate office and obviously just staying in touch and in tune with the weather, we prepared ahead of time,” said Sharp.

Calvit explained, “With food, it has to be delivered and we have to be prepared, so we will get an extra delivery. well have at least a week’s worth of food on hand”

Many had backup generators extra supplies to keep their facilities up and running.

“We had a brief 30-minute power outage yesterday, and both of our backup generators were able to come back on,” said Calvit.

Sharp said, “We have a backup generator so we were prepared, it was checked before the storm came, that way if the power did go out, we were ready, it would kick on, and residents would be safe here.”

 As temperatures have continued to vary facilities like these also found different ways to keep their residents engaged, indoors. 

“We have a great activities director who puts together a lot of things…creative things for them to do,” said Sharp.

The council on aging encouraged people to continue to check on seniors within their community and that due to continued extreme cold weather temperatures, all senior center locations of the council on aging were closed today.

The agency also advised all seniors to stay off the roads and to stay tuned to local news for any news alerts or changes regarding site re-openings.

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