Local senior living facility continues to house South Florida residents

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By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 14, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- South Florida evacuees continue to seek shelter at The Tapestry of Tallahassee a week after their arrival.

The evacuees are residents of the Vi at Bentley Villages assisted living facility in Naples, Fl.

The Vi at Bentley suffered minor damages and flooding and has not had power since Hurricane Irma hit.

McKenzie Biehl, an employee of The Tapestry of Tallahassee, says that they will house the evacuees as long as they need to.

"They do not have electricity now, but our main priority is just to get them to a safe and secure community back in Naples, Florida where they live," Biehl said. "But, we're happy to have them stay with us as long as they need."

Biehl says that the earliest that the Naples group could go home is next week.

The Tapestry of Tallahassee typically houses 72 residents.


By: Erin Lisch | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Dozens of seniors from south Florida have come to Tallahassee, hoping to avoid the same fate as some seniors stuck in a retirement home in Houston during Hurricane Harvey.

After waiting hours in traffic, they finally made it to their destination.

More than 100 visitors will stay here in Tallahassee for at least a week, pending the outcome of the storm.

Executive Director Mike Schmidt said, "Our occupancy was not full, we had apartment available."

90-plus seniors and almost 20 staff members from a retirement community in Naples all are seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma.

Schmidt added, "It's a good community partnership. If we had a need here, in an evacuation, I'd hope someone would open up their doors for us as well."

Extra beds have been rolled in for the guests and even dogs are getting comfortable and current residents taking it all in.

Resident Kay Gluesenkamp said, "They can't go to their homes, they can't go to places that they think was okay."

Kathy Hodge added, "I'm watching people and it's very exciting, you see people who you know are adjusting, people who aren't, people who are happy, people who aren't happy. That's called life!"

People at Tapestry say it's their duty to lend a hand.

"The good lord, made me help and I have and I will," said Gluesenkamp.

Opening their doors and joining two communities as Irma looms closer to the state.

The seniors here from Collier County, their flood map saying the Naples facility is in the moderate flood zone.


By: Erin Lisch | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Charter buses full of seniors made a 400 mile trip from Naples to Tallahassee.

The assisted living facility Tapestry Senior Living is hosting seniors here until the storm passes.

More than 90 residents and around 30 staff members are now at the facility after coming north from south Florida.

It's about six hours from Naples to Tallahassee, but staff said with the traffic the trek took closer to 12 hours.

Seniors living here in Tallahassee say it's a much different pace than normal.

Kathy Hodge said, "I'm watching people and it's very exciting, you see people who you know are adjusting, people who aren't, people who are happy, people who aren't happy - that's called life!"

Residents in Naples aren't the only one coming along, their pets will also stay at the facility.

On the Collier County flood map in Naples, their living facility is in the moderate flood zone.



 
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