The past 48 hours have kept East Coast residents on their toes, with mandatory evacuations, power outages, high winds, downed trees, flash flooding, electrical fires, and a number of other issues caused by Hurricane Sandy. The stormy weather has prompted a number of senior care facilities — nursing homes, assisted living communities, independent living apartments, and more — to put their disaster plans into practice to keep staff and residents safe.
This article from McKnight’s Long-Term Care News gives an update on a few of the facilities in areas hit hardest. Per the piece, “about 900 residents evacuated…in New Jersey” where about 80% of Atlantic City was underwater yesterday morning.
In New York, Long Island area nursing home residents were moved to safety in Nassau County. Residents were also evacuated in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Also mentioned in the piece was Joe DeMattos, president of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland. Said DeMattos, “In such an emergency, the place for professional caregivers is with their residents and patients, and people with their families.” He also encouraged all assisted living and skilled nursing care providers to review and update their disaster plans as needed.
Our recent #ElderCareChat on emergency preparedness was certainly timely in light of the recent weather; regardless of where you live, check out our recap post for tips and insights on creating an emergency plan for your family and workplace.