Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What if there is an emergency in a facility?

Looking for institutional care is important. One of the factors, what with Hurricane Isaac in the news, are the emergency responses staff will go to in the event of a catastrophe.
If your parents live in a long-term care facility, or if you are considering moving them to one, ask the administrator of the facility these questions, to ensure the safety of your loved one during an emergency. Click here to read the whole article, a few questions for you to think about.

Questions to ask a long-term care facility about disaster ...

General Emergency Planning

  • What is the facility's emergency plan for evacuation and for "sheltering in place?" (Plans will be different for hurricanes, tornadoes, and terrorist attacks.)
Staff Training
  • Are there enough staff to carry out the emergency plan during all shifts? For example, if a fire breaks out in the middle of the night, will the skeleton staff be able to handle the emergency?
Family Communication
  • How and when will family members be notified about their loved one's status and whereabouts?
On-site Resources
  • Does the facility have an emergency backup power system or generators? How long will it provide power, and what parts of the facility will have power?
Evacuation Procedures
  • Are there contracts in place with transportation and other facilities to provide housing for displaced residents?
  • If the building must be evacuated quickly, what procedures are in place to insure that no resident wanders away while caregivers are rounding up and helping other residents?

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