By now it’s likely that you, your staff, the residents and their families have seen the incredibly disturbing photo of assisted living residents in Dickinson, TX, sitting in waist-high floodwaters. That image and others of the flood are undoubtedly causing concern in your community.
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.
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.
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.