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St. Paul's Senior Homes & Services Welcomes Some of San Diego's Neediest Displaced Seniors
Date:10/25/2007

y received fluids, food, were bathed and provided with clean clothes. Many were in bad shape. I saw nurses changing friends of my mother's who had been in a soiled state for some time. It's amazing to see how dedicated and caring the staff was. They were obviously prepared for an emergency."

St. Paul's Senior Homes & Services' immediate response to the fires began on the morning of Monday, October 22nd. All open beds at its skilled nursing community and open apartments at the Villa, its assisted living community, were held for any senior being displaced by the fires. At midnight on Monday, five of Mt. Miguel's most frail seniors were immediately transferred to the McColl Family Health Center and by dawn all available beds were full, which is quite a feat when considering the amount of paperwork and medical attention needed for admission to this type of facility.

Calls continued to flood St. Paul's Tuesday morning, so staff converted the dining room at its skilled nursing community into a make-shift overflow room and purchased additional medical beds, clothing, linens and supplies to accommodate the need. Thanks to the help of local companies like Eric's Medical Supply Inc. who provided 10 beds at 1/2 the normal cost, the room was up and running and St. Paul's accepted Beth Price and those who were still at the San Diego High School shelter.

"Our entire staff, from housekeeping to nursing, did a tremendous job of working together towards a common goal of helping displaced seniors find a warm, caring environment in the midst of a regional crisis," said St. Paul's CEO Cheryl Wilson. "I'm very proud at how the team pulled everything together so quickly."

A few hours later, buses carrying 22 additional seniors and their caregivers from the San Diego High School shelter arrived at St Paul's Villa, the organizations' assisted living community a few blocks away on Fourth Avenue. The seniors at the Villa had apartments, hot meals, warm beds, bathrooms
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