NAHC Report 2011. Copyright National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Inc (www.nahc.org) .— Reprinted with permission
NAHC Report Article
Thursday, September 8, 2011
________________________________________ East Coast Home Care and Hospice Devastation in Hurricane's Wake Dispatches Reveal Dangerous Conditions, Heroic Efforts Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Irene pounded the East Coast with torrential rains, devastating winds and flooding, the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has been receiving dispatches from home care agencies recounting how home care workers dealt with the treacherous conditions and the impact left in the storm’s wake.
Hurricane Irene tore up the East Cost, leaving damage from the Carolinas to Maine. Estimated damage estimates range from $7 billion to $10 billion according to the New York Times. It was blamed for 46 deaths in 13 states. But despite its ferocity, home care and hospice workers remained on duty, sometimes facing dangerous conditions to ensure their patients and community were safe.