On Oct. 6, Life Care Center of Columbia, South Carolina, led by Executive Director Tina Skinner, took in 81 evacuees from Hurricane Matthew.
Life Care Centers of America, the center’s parent company, runs two other skilled nursing and rehab centers in South Carolina, which were under the state’s mandatory evacuation orders. Life Care Center of Columbia is hosting 77 residents from Life Care Center of Charleston and four from Life Care Center of Hilton Head.
In addition to other needs-appropriate vehicles, many of these residents rode in 15 wheelchair-accessible buses provided by the state of South Carolina.
“We are very happy to help,” said Skinner. “We are one big family, and we are pulling together with staffing and making sure everyone is comfortable. Everybody is doing fine.”
Each evacuated resident has been placed in a room in his or her own bed, and facility staff has been communicating with families.
Life Care Center of Columbia is one of five Life Care buildings taking in evacuees. Thirty-seven residents from Hilton Head are staying at Life Care Center of Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and 15 from Hilton Head are at Life Care Center of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Life Care Center of Hendersonville, North Carolina, took in 11 residents from Charleston, and Life Care Center of Blount County in Louisville, Tennessee, is hosting 13 evacuees from Charleston.
This is the first time in Life Care’s history that it has evacuated residents across state lines.
“We are thankful that these facilities are available to care for our evacuated residents,” said Morris. “We are hopeful that each resident will be able to return to his or her home facility soon.”