049: The Elder Care Journey – Part 3: Emergency Preparedness

It’s easy to say, “when disaster strikes, be prepared,” but how easy is it to move hundreds or thousands of long-term care residents when a fire or flood is bearing down on a facility? How do you know a family member will be safe and taken care of? The good news is that facilities are required to have an emergency plan in place, but we also need to be sure we understand what will happen to our senior family members in case of disaster and how we can help prepare.

In this new episode of Absolute Trust Talk LIVE, Kirsten takes a look at part three of the eldercare journey, which dives into the details of disaster and emergency preparedness. Kirsten will review the basics of how a facility plans and provide a short checklist of what questions you should consider asking when it comes to your loved one’s safety. These days, disasters can happen at any place and at any time. Share this episode with your friends and family, and let’s keep our loved ones safe.

Big Three from Episode #049:

  1. Long-term care facilities are required to have emergency plans in place with employee training and practice runs.
  2. Ask for a copy of the plan from your family members’ facility. Read it, ask questions, and understand it, so you know what happens to your loved one when a real disaster strikes.
  3. Make sure your contact information is up to date with the facility, and you know the latest medical needs for your loved one.

Time-stamped Show Notes:

3:30 – Kirsten reviews the types of long-term care facilities available

4:38 – What to departments govern RFCEs and skilled nursing facilities?

5:13 – What type of emergency plan are facilities required to have?

6:02 – What needs to be included in an emergency plan?

7:35 – How do we know that the person in long-term care will be safe? What can we do to understand facility emergency planning?

9:50 – What is the best way to determine the help a parent needs if they want to remain living in their home?

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