SNFs may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, report on Katrina and Midwest floods showsSeptember 05, 2014
Disaster preparation plans should not necessarily count on skilled nursing facilities to handle additional patients that hospitals cannot accommodate, according to newly published findings.
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.
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.
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 showsNovember 16, 2012
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.
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.
LuMarie Polivka-West's voice sounds like it was run over by a lawn mower.
Mandatory nursing home evacuations helped states avert tragedy as Hurricane Irene made its way up the East Coast over the weekend, officials said.
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.