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Mold Growth in Assisted Living Facility

Following the flooding of an assisted-living facility, significant mold growth, Stachybotrys included, resulted. Decisions had to be made about the occupants, their accommodations and their possessions with respect to the extent of remediation required. Several town meetings with physician communicators revealed that the residents were more fearful of being forced to vacate their rooms than they were of the potential health risks associated with the mold. Although ambient levels of mold were higher than customary, the medical doctors concluded that the health risks were minimal. It was concluded that the health-based remediation plan could take place with no resident relocations. The remediation plan was communicated to the residents. Remediation went forward with medical oversight and the occupants remained in place with minimal inconvenience. The cost was reasonable and everyone remained healthy.