Dr. Kent Davis of UTHCT says evacuated nursing home residents dehydrated, tired, but stable

Friday, September 2, 2005

About 30 residents evacuated from a nursing home in Kenner, La., outside of New Orleans have found a temporary home at Briarcliff Health Center in Tyler, said Kent Davis, MD, director of the Center for Healthy Aging at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

The displaced residents arrived at Briarcliff at about 11 p.m. Thursday, he said.

Dr. Davis and Thomas Belt, MD, an internal medicine physician at UTHSCT, will oversee medical care for 11 of the residents. Two other physician groups from Tyler will oversee the care of the remaining residents. Dr. Davis and Dr. Belt examined the residents when they arrived by bus late Thursday night.

"Some of the residents were a little dehydrated after their long trip. They were tired and they were glad to get off the bus. Most of them weathered it pretty well. A couple of them were admitted as inpatients to the Health Center," he said. The nursing home residents have medical conditions that prevent them from being able to live on their own, such as dementia and severe arthritis.

"They seem to be settling in fine," Dr. Davis said Friday. Dr. Davis and Dr. Belt will make sure the displaced nursing home residents receive the medical care they need until they can return to Louisiana. He said Briarcliff’s medical director, Dr. Steve Roley, had asked Dr. Davis and the Center for Healthy Aging for help in taking care of the displaced residents.

The residents came from a sister nursing home of Briarcliff, the Chateau Living Center in Kenner, La. Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the nursing home, leaving the 250 residents with only six staff members to care for them.

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