When Hurricane Ida hit southern Louisiana Aug. 29, Laketown Village, an assisted living and memory care community in Kenner, LA, managed by Pegasus Senior Living, also lost power.
At first, the community opted to shelter in place, relying on the employees who chose to remain on site, its two generators, medical supplies, food and water. When the community lost power and Kenner’s infrastructure was down without any indication that it would return soon, however, Laketown Village and corporate joined forces and planned to evacuate to sister communities in Mississippi and Texas.
“Each community welcomed Laketown with open arms. The residents met new friends and learned other life stories,” said Kjola Williams, executive director of Laketown Village. “Friendships were made through this difficult time.”
By Sept. 1, residents were able to relax with hot showers and breakfast, and a day of activities at the sister communities awaited them. Sept. 5, power and water services came back to Laketown Village. The employees who stayed behind strove to ensure that the building would be in good shape for the residents’ and associates’ return. They got the kitchen going again, providing meals and resources to local families.
All Laketown Village residents and employees returned to the community Sept. 13, and it is open once more and available for tours. Complimentary meals and information about the community are available for families affected by Hurricane Ida and seeking senior housing.
Pegasus acknowledged the dedication and work ethic of the employees at Lakeview Village during this turbulent time.
“I am inspired by all of the hard work and preparation our teams had in place for our residents’ safety,” said Daniel Leaf, senior vice president of operations for Pegasus Senior Living. “When times get tough, we rise to the occasion and can overcome anything together.”
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