Nursing Home Preparedness During Natural Disasters

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey … but especially those within our most vulnerable populations, such as residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

In 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new rule establishing emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The new rule is aimed at increasing patient safety during emergencies and establishing a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters.

Despite this ruling, gaps continue to exist in nursing home emergency preparedness and response during disasters:

http://time.com/4917743/la-vita-bella-nursing-home-dickinson-texas-photo/

While this story has a happy ending many do not.  We must always hold facilities responsible for the care and treatment of nursing home residents.  Few people think to ask about disaster preparedness when selecting a nursing home – but they should.

If you or your loved ones have questions please call our offices at 609-520-0900.

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