Emergency Preparedness

Preparing for a hurricane

Preparing for a hurricane

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For providers, Hurricane Arthur was a reminder to take another look at your emergency preparedness to ensure your plan is up-to-date and effective.

Emergency prep rule for long-term care should specify amount of supplies to have on hand, advocacy group says

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Long-term care facilities should have specified amounts of fuel and supplies on hand as part of a forthcoming regulation on disaster preparedness, a prominent consumer advocacy group argues.

Getting ready for the unthinkable

Getting ready for the unthinkable

Natural disasters and catastrophic events by definition arise unpredictably and consequently do not remain even in the back of people's minds on a consistent basis.

Updated emergency prep checklist from CMS includes resident tracking procedures

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Long-term care facilities should have written plans for how they will track residents during evacuations, according to an updated emergency preparedness checklist from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

What's needed in emergency preparedness

What's needed in emergency preparedness

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Emergency preparedness is an evolving issue for long-term care providers. While a recent study by the Office of the Inspector General found that most nursing homes nationwide met federal requirements for disaster plans and training, they also saw that gaps in implementing these plans still exist.

CMS proposes more rigorous emergency preparedness rules for long-term care facilities

CMS proposes more rigorous emergency preparedness rules for long-term care facilities

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Long-term care facilities would have to meet more comprehensive emergency preparedness guidelines, under a newly proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Issues to consider when disaster planning: Part 2

Issues to consider when disaster planning: Part 2

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As we learned during Sandy, it's essential to know where residents will be evacuated and to have protocols to account for everyone's safety. Connect with facilities in your community about where they are evacuating, so you can ensure there is adequate room.

Organizational issues to consider in disaster planning

Organizational issues to consider in disaster planning

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Just as Hurricane Katrina prompted discussion about emergency preparedness in 2005, Superstorm Sandy has re-ignited talks in the senior living communities about their ability to respond to disasters. When storm surges hit New York City last October, about 6,000 people were evacuated from various healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and adult day facilities.

Preparing for disaster in a nursing home or AL facility

Preparing for disaster in a nursing home or AL facility

Don't wait until disaster strikes. Emergency plans should be updated and put to the test on a regular basis, at least annually. New hires must review the plan as part of their training.

A sweep of genius in long-term care procurement

A sweep of genius in long-term care procurement

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Just say "cheese" was my first reaction when I saw the notice.

HHS awards $352 million to providers for disaster preparedness

The Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that it is awarding $352 million in grant money to help healthcare providers improve disaster preparedness efforts.

Frequent escape drills saved elderly at Japanese nursing home in the path of tsunami

Highlighting the need for emergency planning, a nursing home in Japan credits regular evacuation drills with saving its residents.

Feds spending billions to prepare for more complex flu season

In light of the continued spread of the H1N1 virus and the approaching 2009-2010 flu season, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the allocation of billions of dollars in influenza preparedness funding and additional vaccine purchases.

Senate Aging Committee to focus on emergency preparedness

Best practices for assisting seniors and the disabled before, during and after natural or manmade disasters will be the topic of a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing Wednesday morning. Local, state and federal officials, including LuMarie Polivka-West, MSP, senior vice president of policy for the Florida Health Care Association, will testify at the hearing. Florida long-term care officials have been among the leaders in designing policies and practices for dealing with hurricanes and other disaster scenarios. Topics will include terrorism preparedness and responses.

Report: Emergency-planning efforts for frail elderly need greater emphasis

Future emergency planning efforts must take into account shifting demographics, particularly the growing number of frail elderly people, according to a new report.

Officer ordered accused nursing home shooter to drop gun three times before downing him

The police officer being called a hero for halting a North Carolina shooting rampage that left seven residents and one nursing aide dead said he was just doing his job when he entered the building alone.

Authorities looking for answers after gunman kills eight at North Carolina nursing home

A 45-year-old local man with no apparent ties to the Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage, NC, walked into it Sunday morning and shot 11 people. He killed seven residents and a nurse and was shot himself before being taken into custody. A responding police officer who confronted the gunman in a facility hallway, was among those shot but in good condition, officials said.

New England nursing homes well-equipped for ice storm

More than four days after a massive ice storm devastated much of the Northeast, nursing homes have emerged from the disaster relatively unscathed.

Hurricane Gustav: Nursing home evacuations run smoothly this time

Hurricane Gustav: Nursing home evacuations run smoothly this time

In stark contrast to three years ago, when the elderly, and nursing home residents in particular, were especially hard hit by Hurricane Katrina, authorities were reporting smooth evacuation processes took thousands of elderly out of harm's way.

Study: Seniors getting shorted on emergency care

An apparently unconscious age bias among emergency room services personnel, along with a lack of knowledge on how to care for the elderly, could be leading to a distinct lessening of care for seniors, researchers say.

Study: Most nursing homes don't have pandemic flu plans ...

Study: Most nursing homes don't have pandemic flu plans ...

Fewer than a quarter (23%) of all nursing homes have a plan for dealing with a massive flu outbreak, according to a new study. About 25% had a pandemic response as part of a broader overall disaster plan.

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