Assisted-living generators at issue
BY BETTY BOOKER
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Jun 13, 2006
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All the tougher new state law stipulates is that Virginia’s 588 assisted-living facilities install hookups for generators, Del. Robert D. Orrock Sr., R-Caroline, said yesterday at a meeting of the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.
Assisted-living facilities are for people who cannot live alone but who are not impaired enough to require that they live in a nursing home.
If the power goes out, the facilities can rent a generator because they will have the electrical connection ready to accept it.
That’s not good enough, said Del. Frank D. Hargrove Sr., R-Hanover.
“What we have today is grossly inadequate in most places,” Hargrove said at the meeting. “You’ve got very frail, helpless people in these facilities” who suffer without heat. Also, there aren’t many sources for rental generators.
Many facilities already have generators, said Walter Smiley, team leader on the JLARC update.