September 22, 2017
Easterseals South Florida adult day staff worked tirelessly before and immediately after Hurricane Irma to ensure frail elders, seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and their caregivers had the emergency supplies, food and services they needed to remain safely in their homes despite the challenges our community faced before, during and after hurricane Irma.
Because frail elders are at greater risk of injury, illness and even death as a result of prolonged power outages, Easterseals re-opened their adult day care centers as soon as power was restored to the Centers and provided breakfast, lunch and dinner, offered seniors and their family members a comfortable and cool place to spend their days. The Centers opened their doors throughout the weekend to ensure the comfort and safety of these seniors due to the generous support from the Health Foundation of South Florida.
Hundreds of families were struggling to get through the challenges arising from Hurricane Irma and they were so grateful for the additional services and support they received from Easterseals. ESSF President/CEO, Loreen Chant as well as Board of Director Members prepared and donated care packages for each family in need, consisting of food, hygiene materials and other useful supplies for their homes. One example success story, concerns a female client suffering from Dementia who lives alone on the 7th floor of her building in Miami. She did not have the necessary food or electricity to shelter in place safely. Thankfully, ESSF was able to provide her with food, ice and other needed supplies.