They really can’t do anything for themselves and must rely on their carers to do the right thing
Several years ago, our state suffered terrible results from a hurricane. Hurricanes are very common here, and in fact, I don’t even worry too much about them. If it looks like a big storm and it is likely to hit near me, I simply leave. I can no longer feel that way, in good conscience, though, because of a particular hurricane that really was devastating. The hurricane ripped through the southern part of our state, and it left millions without power for a long time. Young, healthy people can do okay, even though being without a/c is definitely fun. Others, like myself, can simply drive away and go far enough that they can stay with relatives or in a hotel that has power and air conditioning. It’s not that way with the most vulnerable older folks, though. SDuring the aftermath of this storm, twelve people actually died because it got so hot in a nursing home, and there was no air conditioning to turn on. This was really the first time that lawmakers had their eyes opened to the fact that a/c is not a luxury in this state. Air conditioning is a necessity, and old people in nursing homes are so vulnerable. They really can’t do anything for themselves and must rely on their carers to do the right thing. As a result of that tragedy, our state legislators and governor passed laws that demand that all nursing homes have backup power generators, and in addition, are given top priority when it comes to a/c companies providing service and utility companies restoring power supplies after a disaster.