Prepare for the worst: Challenges long-term care facilities face when disaster strikes.

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Objectives: To research and address the challenges long-term care facilities (LTCFs) may face when dealing with in the event of a disaster of any kind. Analyze how prepared a facility should be in anticipation of any kind of disaster. I have found that there are four different stages to prepare for a disaster; prevention, planning, response and, recovery. There are various types of LTCFs, based on the patient population and services provided, include nursing homes, long-term acute care facilities, psychiatric institutions, foster and group homes, retirement homes, and rehabilitation centers. These facilities also face challenges with lack of resources post disaster through state and local government and communities. Disasters can…show more content…
Using proper sanitation techniques and having sanitizer stations throughout the facility can help in the management of disease control within a LTCF. Maintaining the facility and making sure it is up to date on county facility codes and regulations. Having a safe and sound facility structure can ensure safety and reduce potential risk of structure damage. The facility should also keep all medical equipment up to date on maintenance. The facility may also choose to have a backup power system to prevent power failure during a disaster. Facilities will need to have staff members trained in emergency response, possibly use intercom for emergency color code system like hospital use to increase response time. With LTCF’s being populated with the more vulnerable and fail group of patients it is essential to the staff and facility to take extra preventative steps to decrease the risks towards these patients associated with any disaster that may arise. Planning: Regardless of their causes, disasters invoke human reactions in the context of social institution, small communities or long-term care facilities. The attempt to reestablish the social order of the culture after a disaster requires anticipation and collaborative planning prior to any disaster. Planning is acquired through government officials and scientists in an attempt to avoid future

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