Senior evacuees stay at Navicent retirement home

Senior evacuees stay at Navicent facility

Many Hurricane Matthew evacuees are still in Macon and some aren't complaining about it.

Several senior evacuees at Carlyle Place are calling their trip to Middle Georgia "a vacation."

“Very gracious people,” said Jean Cardin. “Delight to talk to and delicious food.”

“I would say the people here are the most gracious and nice people you could ever want to meet,” said Lee Sanborn.

But this isn't quite a weekend getaway -- they're evacuees from Marsh's Edge Retirement Home on Saint Simon's Island.

“Anytime you're dealing with folks in a care environment, you have to weigh the pros and cons of evacuating or sheltering in place,” said Marsh’s Edge executive director Roger Penden.

More than 70 seniors left Glynn County last Friday to avoid Hurricane Matthew.

Carlyle Place executive director Thomas Rockenbach said his facility was more than willing to help.

“We have a transfer agreement with Marsh's Edge so it allows us to help each other out,” said Rockenbach

But these evacuees say they've become vacationers, and they're looking at the bright side of this storm. 

“Why would I be upset about this nice place and these nice people who are letting us join them in their home” asked Sanborn.

Even though St. Simons Island suffered some storm damage, their home was spared. 

“The building is intact,” said Penden. “We have electricity. We have staff at the building ready to receive us.”

The group plans to head home on Tuesday

(© 2016 WMAZ)


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