Aiding the Elderly of Chile’s Earthquake

Today, we shipped our second medical relief shipment to aid earthquake victims in Chile.  These medical supplies were requested by Fundacion las Rosas, which is a Chilean nonprofit organization that cares for impoverished elderly people in 40 nursing homes throughout Chile.

Nursing home destroyed by Chile earthquake

They care for 2,400 elderly Chilean residents in their facilities, 40% of whom are confined to their beds, 48% require help to perform daily activities, and 12% are self sufficient.  The devastating earthquake that occurred in Chile in late February left 28 of their 40 nursing homes with structural problems, 2 have bene completely destroyed, and 4 are in a critical state.   There are only 5 homes left undamaged in the Fouth and Fifth Regions.

“We are so overjoyed and thankful for this medical donation.  These supplies are desperately needed, and will be used right away on our elderly patients residing in our facilities in the Southern region of Chile, which was hit hardest by the earthquake,” said Dr. María Eugenia Castillo, Medical Director for Fundacion Las Rosas.

MedShare was able to provide all the medical supplies they requested in the shipment, which includes items such as beds, mattresses, walkers, wheelchairs, gauze and surgical gloves.  The freight company, GearBulk, is donating the shipping freight to Chile.

We are excited to send medical supplies to aid the elderly effected by the powerful earthquake in Chile.