Several local Life Care Centers of America facilities are currently hosting seniors who have evacuated from South Carolina due to Hurricane Matthew.
Life Care Center of Lawrenceville took in 15 residents from Life Care Center of Hilton Head, while Life Care Center of Gwinnett took in 37. Meanwhile, Century Park Associates, Life Care’s sister company, brought in 36 residents and 10 associates from The Bridge at Charleston, an assisted living facility, to Garden Plaza at Lawrenceville, an independent living and assisted living facility.
“We are so very proud of the dedication and commitment of all staff involved in this situation,” said Bill Coury, vice president of Life Care’s Blue Ridge Region, which oversees its buildings in Georgia and the Carolinas. “True heroism has been exemplified by so many people across the region.”
The Georgia locations are three of six buildings taking in Life Care and Century Park evacuees from South Carolina. Life Care Center of Columbia, South Carolina, which is in the safe zone, took in 77 residents from Life Care Center of Charleston and four residents from Hilton Head. Life Care Center of Hendersonville, North Carolina, took in 11 residents from Charleston, and Life Care Center of Blount County in Louisville, Tennessee, took in 13 evacuees from Charleston.
This is the first time in Life Care’s history that it has evacuated residents across state lines.
Each evacuated resident has been placed in a room in his or her own bed, and facility staff has been communicating with families.
“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.”