Are You Really Ready ?

Considering that long term care facilities residents are composed of ill, frail and senior members of the society, it is a must for them to have a very good disaster management program. Although natural disasters are mostly unforeseen, these facilities can still prepare in order for them to make sure the well being of residents. Here are some good tips on how to prepare for natural disasters:


Good afternoon, ProviderNation. Devastating tornadoes ravaging the Midwest in November, active shooting incidents in nursing homes, a “mild” hurricane season in 2013,  Colorado. Need I say more? When it comes to crisis or disaster in long term care centers, I will borrow a line from Forrest Gump and say, “You never know what you’re gonna get.”

As a life safety/disaster Planning Consultant working with long term care providers around the nation, one thing I know for sure is that surveyors are taking a much closer look at your disaster plans. The days of the surveyor or risk management consultant taking a “quick look” at your disaster plans and protocols are over.

If key elements of the plan are not adequately illustrated, a deficiency may be possible. To help me make this point, here is some information from a friend and colleague at the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF): Skilled nursing…

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