On Oct. 6, Life Care Center of Blount County in Louisville, Tennessee, took in 13 evacuees from Hurricane Matthew.
Life Care Centers of America, the center’s parent company, also runs skilled nursing and rehab centers in South Carolina, two of which were under the state’s mandatory evacuation orders. Life Care Center of Charleston brought several of its residents, and seven of its associates, to the Blount County facility.
“It’s been humbling to see all the dedication from all our corporate, regional and Blount County staff,” said Abigail Holliday, executive director at Life Care Center of Blount County. “Our whole Life Care team has come together to provide a smooth transition for our Charleston family, and we were all happy to provide a warm volunteer welcome to our South Carolina neighbors.”
Associates welcomed the visitors with a sign saying, “Welcome to Tennessee,” as well as with an embroidered soft blanket.
Several Life Care regional associates have also arrived at the building to assist with caring for the extra patients.
The Blount County location is one of five Life Care buildings taking in evacuees from South Carolina. Life Care Center of Columbia, South Carolina, which is in the safe zone, took in 77 residents from Charleston and four residents from Life Care Center of Hilton Head. 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.
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.”