Thousands of Elder Care Homes at Heightened Risk of Wildfire, KQED Finds

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A vineyard in Santa Rosa, California, burns on October 11, 2017  (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

A new KQED investigation finds that more than a third of senior care facilities are at heightened risk for wildfires. Many aren't ready for emergencies.  That risk will continue to grow as California’s population ages. Officials estimate that, a decade from now, there will be 8.6 million residents over age 65, increasing the demand for home health and long-term care services. The coronavirus pandemic makes it even harder for facilities to prepare for wildfire emergencies -- efforts many say were insufficient. We’ll hear about KQED’s investigation.

KQED investigation: Older and Overlooked


Molly Peterson, data reporter and senior producer, KQED

Lisa Pickoff-White, science reporter, KQED News