At La Posada, a Kisco senior living community in Palm Beach Gardens, hurricane season is top of mind year-round. The community’s hurricane plan is consistently revisited, with communication and education being at the center of keeping residents safe. When it comes to hurricane season, peace of mind can really mean so much for seniors and their families.
“Our team at La Posada truly cares for these residents. If a storm hits, we work in teams; one team to ride out the storm and another team that comes in after the storm is over,” said Paulina Jacobs, La Posada’s assistant executive director. “During hurricane season, it’s always so humbling to see our associates’ commitment to the residents. We never have to ask for them to step-up, they want to help. And most importantly, they want to be here during a time of crisis. Residents never have to worry about who will be with them during a storm.”
The community’s location is a part of that peace of mind for residents. It’s not located in an immediate evacuation zone or a flood zone, which means residents are able to safely ride out the storm without having to worry about leaving home. Another strength of La Posada is its status as a health center. When it comes to the electrical grid, the community is given top priority for power restoration.
“Our community is spread out across 21 acres. We have various generators across the community to ensure residents in memory care and assisted living are never without power. Our health center also has its own generator in the event we’re without power,” said Jacobs. “We also provide residents with cooling areas and ensure the kitchens remain open, so residents never have to worry about having a fresh or hot meal.”
Education is also very important at La Posada. Each year a local meteorologist presents to residents on the upcoming hurricane season. The community hosts virtual meetings to review recommended protocols and how best to prepare. Like all in South Florida, residents are urged to have a 30-day supply of medicine, and the basics if they were to be without power.
The community works with the local government and Florida’s governor to always stay current on storms. The Agency of Healthcare Administration (AHCA) also works with communities like La Posada to set statewide safety standards.
La Posada welcomed residents starting in 2004 and has safely weathered many storms. In the cases of Wilma in 2005, Irma in 2017 and Dorian in 2019, residents were able to safely remain in their homes, while still receiving the care they expect from La Posada.
“Our goal is to still provide the same level of service, regardless of a storm,” said Jacobs. “We aim to ensure our residents are both comfortable and informed. Their loved ones can feel assured they are surrounded by those who truly care and have the expertise and experience to safely weather the storm.