For all of our discussions about emergency preparedness, there's a crucial component missing: how long-term care staff should talk to residents after a traumatic event. A session at the LeadingAge annual meeting Wednesday explained both how issues of traumatic stress should be handled, and how long-term care residents have unusual challenges.
LuMarie Polivka-West's voice sounds like it was run over by a lawn mower.
Having once slept through a 6.7-magnitude earthquake, driven blithely through snowstorms and regularly horrified my Kansas-born husband with my lack of knowledge about tornadoes, I am far from an expert on natural disaster planning.
The Northeast just experienced an earthquake and a hurricane all in one week. The storm may have subsided, but it's likely residents and staff will still be facing a whirlwind of emotions. And it's likely that, sooner or later, you will have to deal with a natural disaster or other calamity. Here are some tips on how to handle such situations.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging met Wednesday to address the importance of emergency and disaster planning and the need for improved coordination between policy makers and long-term care providers.