BACKGROUND: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita exposed significant flaws in US preparedness for catastrophic events and the nation’s capacity to respond to them. These flaws were especially evident in the affected disaster areas’ nursing homes, which house a particularly vulnerable population of frail older adults. Although evacuation of a healthcare facility is a key preparedness activity,… Read More »»
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Department of Veterans Affairs: A Conceptual Model for Understanding the Evacuation of Nursing Homes.
A 3-year national initiative entitled “PREPARE: Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Training for the Long-Term Care Workforce” had the purpose of training long-term care (LTC) healthcare providers with the core competencies necessary to respond to and recover from large-scale disasters and public health emergencies. Older adults in LTC settings comprise a vulnerable population requiring special attention… Read More »»
OBJECTIVE: To assess views of disaster preparation and readiness of assisted-living residents after a comprehensive program developed and presented by pharmacists on the importance of preparing for an emergency, specifically regarding organizing of medical information. METHODS: Four assisted-living facilities were identified throughout Rhode Island to participate in a 30-minute program conducted by two pharmacists who… Read More »»
The controversy inherent in managing frail nursing home residents during complex hurricane emergencies.
Emergency planning for vulnerable populations constitutes a major element of community disaster preparedness and is an area in which guidance is particularly sparse. As evidenced by the well-publicized deaths of nursing home residents following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the need to improve nursing home emergency preparedness is self-evident. Nevertheless, as efforts to improve preparedness develop,… Read More »»
Protecting nursing home residents during emergencies or disasters: an exploratory study from South Carolina.
PURPOSE: This is an exploratory study of nursing home preparedness in South Carolina intended to: (1) examine nursing home administrators’ perceptions of disaster preparedness in their facility in the absence of an immediate emergency or disaster, and changes in their views about preparedness following a large disaster; (2) study whether administrators’ knowledge of shortcomings in… Read More »»