Do you remember where you were when you realized you needed almost constant medical help? Life becomes less fun and less fulfilling sometimes when you struggle with ongoing medical problems, which is why nursing homes and assisted living facilities are such a valuable resource. I started focusing on finding great new places that could help me out, and I narrowed down the search quickly to include a business that was near to my home. After I moved in, I could tell that a tremendous burden had been lifted, and it was a really nice feeling. Check out this blog for more information.
When looking for a senior independent living community for your loved one, you want to make sure he or she is safe, particularly during an emergency or natural disaster. You may be able to get a feel for a facility's safety during a visit, but there are some specific questions you should ask before deciding on a facility for your relative. Use this guide to help you as you discuss safety concerns.
What Is Your Evacuation Plan?
Whether there is severe weather or a fire in the facility, the staff at the independent living center should have an evacuation plan in place for its residents. Ask what the plan is and how the staff plans to move people who are not mobile. Knowing that your loved one can be removed quickly and safely during a disaster or emergency can give you greater peace of mind.
What Is Your Backup Power Plan?
The independent living facility should have a backup plan in place in the event of power loss. This helps to ensure that critical medical equipment, such as nebulizers and ventilators, remain operational. The facility should have backup generators in place for this, and it should be set up so emergency exit lighting remains illuminated in case an evacuation becomes necessary.
Do You Have A Shelter In Place Strategy?
Unfortunately, independent living facilities and other medical centers may be targeted by an active shooter or other dangerous situation, and it's important to know how the facility plans to handle this type of an emergency. Shelter in place strategies can also be used in the event of a severe storm, such as a hurricane or tornado. The facility should have staff ready to tend to care within each residents' room or apartment, and it should also have an emergency supply of food and medication for each resident in the event of an extended emergency.
How Often Do You Practice Your Emergency Plans?
An emergency plan is only good if the staff knows how to handle it. The facility should have a log of how often drills are performed. Be sure to ask how the staff handles drills with dementia patients who might not be able to tell the difference from a real emergency and a hypothetical one, and ask how the staff reviews the different plans with patients.
The independent living center may have a binder with all of these plans and contingencies laid out. Don't be afraid to ask to review it, and make sure your name and phone number are listed as the emergency contact should there be an evacuation at the facility.Share
7 August 2017