Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said after the air conditioning failed, the staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks.
Broward County Mayor, Barbara Sharief informed that three people had already died inside the nursing home and the rest five died in hospital's emergency room.
In all, 141 patients were evacuated from the facility. The first occurred Tuesday at the facility; that individual had a "do not resuscitate" order and the deceased was transferred to a funeral home, but authorities have now retrieved the body.
Authorities are now questioning how the conditions at the nursing home lasted for so long.
Ellie Pina - a daughter of one of the nursing home patients - told CNN she was anxious something like this would happen and that she spent "the whole day" on Tuesday calling the power company to alert it about the life-threatening situation.
"We took part in emergency management preparedness calls with local and state emergency officials, other nursing homes and health regulators", he said.
Asked what she'd like to say to the facility's owner, Craig said, "We coming for you".
Hollywood Fire Rescue crews responded to the nursing home for a call at about 3 a.m. Wednesday regarding a patient who was reportedly in cardiac arrest.
The nursing home said it took precautions before Irma hit, placing 10 spot coolers and fans around the facility, according to the timeline provided by Hill and Knowlton, the center's public relations firm.
A third call later came in as well, police said.
The centre said the hurricane knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning.
The city says it first became aware "a crisis was unfolding at the facility after multiple calls in the early morning hours" on Wednesday, city spokesperson Raelin Storey said Thursday.
Scott on Thursday directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to issue an emergency moratorium to prevent the facility in question from housing any patients.
Richard Beltran, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light, said Wednesday: "What we know now is that a portion of the facility did, in fact, have power, that there was a hospital across the parking lot from this facility and that the nursing home was required to have a permanently installed operational generator".
"What we've seen is something extremely tragic", Mr. Gould said. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies.
The causes of their deaths are yet to be determined, but indications are that they were related to the loss of air conditioning during the storm and in the days after.
More than 140 residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were evacuated on Wednesday after fire and rescue crews and medical staff from a nearby hospital found numerous facility's residents suffering from dehydration, heat stress and breathing difficulties.
But as Trump's comments about Scott suggested, politics wasn't far from the surface in Florida, the largest and most pivotal state in recent presidential elections.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has said that restoring power to hospitals and nursing homes was a priority.
"It made me feel like normal", she said. "If they find that this facility was not meeting the state's high standards of care, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law".
A warrant has been signed to begin searching the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which is affiliated with Larkin Community Hospital, and a criminal investigation is underway.
"We need to know what happened to her", she said.
As Trump passed out food with Pence and the first lady, people thanked them for coming and seemed more interested in selfies than sandwiches. "Not just my Betty but all the people", said Jean Johnson, who was friends with Betty Hibbard, one of the eight victims, for more than 60 years.