New England nursing homes well-equipped for ice storm

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More than four days after a massive ice storm devastated much of the Northeast, nursing homes have emerged from the disaster relatively unscathed.

Nursing homes and senior health facilities in New York state were well-prepared for the power outages, though, with three to four days of food and generator fuel on-hand. In some cases, nursing homes in that state acted as shelters for the local community, Richard Herrick, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association Inc., told McKnight's.

"I haven't heard any negative outcome as it relates to patient care at all, and all of my members were in constant contact with the department of health, who is the controlling agency," he said. Most facilities got power back online by Sunday, he added.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of utility customers are still without power in New England. New Hampshire was hit hardest by the ice storm, and nearly 200,000 people remain without electricity in that state alone. Red Cross and government shelters have been set up for those affected by the blackouts, including any skilled nursing and assisted living facility residents. Power in parts of the Granite State might not be fully restored until Thursday or Friday of this week, according to local officials.