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Who is Watching Out for the Elderly in Burnet County?

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

From MarketWatch on Feb. 20:

“In Burnet County, one nursing home had just a few portable heaters to warm dozens of residents because its backup power couldn’t operate its heating system, while an assisted-living facility with 32 residents had no backup generator and no heaters, according to a report published Thursday by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.”

Did this have to happen? I don’t think so.

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general warned just a year ago about holes in Texas nursing homes’ emergency plans. In inspections of 20 nursing homes in the state, the inspector general found that 18 had life-safety and emergency-preparedness violations that put residents ‘at increased risk of injury or death’ during an emergency, including issues relating to emergency water supplies and backup power.”

Burnet is in Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Region 7. Public Health Region 7’s Mission Statement: It is our mission that we commit, through personal and organizational excellence, to be an agent of change dedicated to achieving a healthier Texas.

Hmm. No COVID plan, no mask enforcement, a nursing home allowed to operate without adequate backup power to keep residents warm and an assisted-living facility allowed to operate with no heaters and no backup generator.

Doesn’t sound like excellence to me.

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