Encompass Home Health is helping elderly people displaced by Harvey move out of shelters and into permanent homes.
CORPUS CHRISTI -
It is difficult for anyone to be displaced by a disaster like Hurricane Harvey, but even more so for the elderly. Many senior citizens now staying in shelters have special health care needs.
It's why a home health care group is stepping in. Encompass Home Health is partnering with the Red Cross to help elderly residents in shelters move to permanent homes.
They have been working with seniors staying at the Red Cross shelter at the Ben Garza Gym. About 150 people are being sheltered there, and as KRIS 6 News has reported, they have dealt with a lack of hot water and too few showers. In addition to that, some of the shelter's elderly residents have specialized health care needs.
Now Encompass Home Health is working to help those elderly people move to permanent homes. Those could include a senior center or a nursing home, where seniors can receive the specialized health care they need.
Staff has been working with one woman at the Ben Garza shelter. They are meeting with her today to try to get a better idea of her condition and health, before they help her move into a permanent home in upcoming days.
Encompass will take that same approach with other senior citizens in shelters around the area.