More than 800 residents of seven nursing homes in southeast Louisiana had been brought to the warehouse in the town of Independence – about 55 miles east of Baton Rouge – before the storm.
Several family members representing residents of the nursing homes who were sent to the warehouse have filed a class action lawsuit against the seven nursing homes from which the residents were moved, as well as their executive. The lawsuit seeks an injunction and damages on behalf of the residents, claiming that they “endured horrible and inhumane conditions”.
“Let’s be clear; there is no emergency preparedness plan that allows residents to remain in such a dangerous, unsanitary and unsanitary state,” Stephen Russo, director of legal affairs, audit said Tuesday. and regulations of the health department. “The lack of adequate care for these residents is inhumane and runs counter to applicable rules, regulations and laws.”
On September 2, all residents were evicted over concerns about the conditions and were sent elsewhere, including to special medical needs shelters, officials said.
The seven establishments whose licenses have been revoked cannot repatriate or admit residents, officials said. The homes also saw their Medicaid provider agreements terminated, the health department said.
Nursing homes are in four parishes in Southeast Louisiana
Nursing homes whose licenses have been revoked are, according to the Ministry of Health:
• River Palms Nursing and Rehab, Orléans Parish
• Maison Orleans health center, Orléans parish
• Park Place Nursing Home, Jefferson Parish
• West Jefferson Health Center, Jefferson Parish
• Maison Deville Nursing Home of Harvey, Jefferson Parish
• Nursing care and rehabilitation of Lafourche Sud, parish of Lafourche
• Maison De Ville nursing home, Terrebonne parish
CNN sought comments from the seven facilities but did not immediately receive a response.
A business licensing review by CNN found that Bob Dean Jr. of Baton Rouge is listed as an executive in all seven nursing facilities, in addition to the warehouse.
Asked about the warehouse by CNN affiliate WVUE, Dean said that “we’ve only had five deaths in six days and normally with 850 people you’ll have two a day so we’ve taken very good care of them. people. “
In class action lawsuit against nursing homes and Dean, family members of residents claim defendants “intentionally twisted the actual evacuation plan, choosing not to notify family members of the planned evacuation or tell them where the residents were being taken. ” The plaintiffs are asking for a jury trial in the case.
CNN attempted to reach Dean and Bob Dean Enterprises Inc. for comment.
Five of the seven deaths were classified as storm-related, the state’s health department said in a recent press release.
CNN’s Paul P. Murphy, Nicole Williams and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.