A deadly nursing home fire that occurred last week in an elderly care facility in Quebec has raised many questions and concerns regarding whether nursing homes have adequate evacuation plans in the event fires or other emergency situations arise. According to the New York Times, the fire wreaked havoc on the mostly wood-built, three-story nursing home (known as L’Isle-Verte), and once the fire broke out, the home’s staff struggled to try to evacuate the more than 1,400 residents who live there.
Reports from the deadly fire indicate that, to date, five elderly individuals have died, that about 30 others are missing and that most of the dead and missing include residents who are older than 80 years old and/or who have limited mobility. Because investigators are still looking into the exact causes of the blaze, they have not publically disclosed what the possible causes of this nursing home fire may have been.
In the wake of this tragedy, many regulators and others are questioning whether nursing homes in the U.S. have up-to-date, effective evacuation plans that include stipulations for evacuating residents with limited or poor mobility. Given that emergency situations like fires often only give nursing home staff minutes to get residents and themselves to safety, having an evacuation plan that can cover various contingencies is crucial to protecting the welfare of nursing home residents.
It’s also important to point out that nursing homes with up-to-date emergency evacuation plans will have to also be diligent about training their staff regarding these plans, as such plans become ineffective or even useless if the nursing home staff don’t know what they are and/or how to execute them.
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