The Louisiana Department of Health has set up a Medical Special Needs Shelter at the LSU Carl Maddox Fieldhouse. The Medical Special Needs Shelter does not provide emergency services, but is instead a shelter for those who have chronic medical conditions and particular special needs that cannot be accommodated in a general population shelter. LSU does not have a general population shelter.
The medical special needs shelter is designed for individuals who are homebound, chronically ill or who have disabilities and are in need of medical or nursing care, and have no other place to receive care.
Those seeking shelter will be screened by nurses to determine the level of care needed. Only people who meet admission criteria can be sheltered.
To access the shelter, a patient or caregiver must first call this triage line phone number: (225) 578-6383.
For general information about the shelter, call (225) 578-3928.
If a person’s condition is too critical and needs immediate medical attention, they will be referred to a hospital or their doctor. If their condition is not severe enough for the medical special needs shelter, they will be referred to a general population shelter.
A medical special needs shelter is not designed for the general public or for nursing home patients. Nursing homes in Louisiana are required to have emergency evacuation plans in place that ensure the health and safety of their residents. In most instances, these plans allow for homes in affected areas to transport their patients to nursing homes in areas safe from the storm.
Health officials note that if individuals have health problems that require medical expertise and must evacuate, it is best for them to go with family members or caretakers north to areas that are out of harm’s way. These shelters will provide medical support services only. Shelterees are encouraged to bring their medical supplies and/or medications.
In addition to the medical special needs shelter located at the LSU Field House, the Louisiana Department of Health has deployed medical strike teams, including mental health experts, to general population shelters. These teams assess the conditions of those displaced residents to determine if there is a need for medical or mental health care.