Hurricane Katrina

SNFs may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, report on Katrina and Midwest floods shows

SNFs may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, report on Katrina and Midwest floods shows

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Disaster preparation plans should not necessarily count on skilled nursing facilities to handle additional patients that hospitals cannot accommodate, according to newly published findings.

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.

Hurricane evacuations greatly increase risk of death for nursing home dementia patients, study shows

Hurricane evacuations greatly increase risk of death for nursing home dementia patients, study shows

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Nursing home residents with severe dementia suffered a staggering increase in their mortality rate after evacuations from their facilities ahead of a natural disaster, according to a new study.

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.

Coastal nursing homes prepare for Isaac

Coastal nursing homes prepare for Isaac

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LuMarie Polivka-West's voice sounds like it was run over by a lawn mower.

Nursing home evacuations kept residents safe from Hurricane Irene

Mandatory nursing home evacuations helped states avert tragedy as Hurricane Irene made its way up the East Coast over the weekend, officials said.

Government launches Facebook contest designed to help healthcare providers in disaster preparedness

The federal government is challenging technology developers and entrepreneurs to develop a Facebook application aimed at helping healthcare providers, including nursing homes and hospitals, improve their disaster preparedness, response and recovery.