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5 days in wheelchair: Woman says nursing home warehouse is running out of beds

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“After they carried more people, they had no more beds, no more room on the floor. I sat there from Saturday morning until they came to pick us up on Wednesday.”

NEW IBERIA, Louisiana – For the past two weeks, Pamela Landry has been in a nursing and rehabilitation center in New Iberia.

“We have a roof over our heads, we feed ourselves, people take care of us,” Landry said.

It’s a safe haven after experiencing what she calls a nightmare.

“What we saw, what we heard and what we went through, no one should have to go through that, no one,” she said.

Landry was one of some 850 nursing home residents crammed into a warehouse in Independence during Hurricane Ida. Seven of them died.

“They packed us in there like sardines and didn’t care at all, lick at us, not at all,” she said.

Landry evacuated to the warehouse of Maison DeVille Nursing Home in Houma. She was recovering from a serious leg injury caused by a car crash in May.

“I broke my ankle, really broke my ankle,” Landry said.

Landry said the evacuation process was difficult from the start as she was never strapped into the van for the ride there.

“I roll around in the van, even with my wheelchair locked,” Landry said.

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It only got worse. At the warehouse, Landry said she was not given a bed, so she sat in her wheelchair for five days straight.

“After they carried more people, they had no more beds, no more room on the floor. I sat there from Saturday morning until they came to pick us up on Wednesday, in my wheelchair, day and night. That’s where I slept day and night, in my wheelchair, “she said.

The Louisiana Department of Health closed the warehouse days after Ida and moved the hundreds of residents to shelters and nursing homes across the state. Landry was taken to New Iberia.

As of September 16, LDH said it had found permanent housing for all but 14 residents. Twelve are still hospitalized and two are in shelters for special medical needs. Landry, like many others, is hoping to eventually find a facility closer to her and her family in Thibodaux.

“At the moment, that would probably be impossible,” she said.

At least six lawsuits have been filed against Bob Dean and his retirement homes. He owned all seven people involved. They have since been closed. Landry hopes to join a lawsuit.

“We deserve to be heard. We’ve been through a lot with everyone,” she said.

LDH has made an effort to connect families with their loved ones involved, releasing the following update:

“We received 248 cumulative calls from families looking for loved ones and were able to connect 245 residents. We located the families of the remaining 3 residents but their callback numbers were not in service. For those in Louisiana looking to to connect with their loved one at Independence Evacuation, please call 211. If someone is from out of state, they should call 1-800-755-5175.