Disaster planning for elderly 'woefully inadequate'

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					Disaster planning for elderly 'woefully inadequate'
Bob Gatty
Long-Term Living; Aug 2009; 58, 8; Docstoc
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Description: While much of Washington's attention is focused on healthcare reform and how to pay for it, the feds have been told that existing resources and plans to care for the elderly during a disaster or other emergency are woefully inadequate and need to be addressed as well. During a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing in late June, LuMarie Polivka-Wes, SVP of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), said current national emergency plans do not add the special needs of the elderly population, including residents of nursing home or assisted living facilities, in the event of a disaster, such as a flood or a hurricane. Identifying long-term care in national preparation and response policy is important to both ensure that federal assets are directed to long-term care settings as needed and to ensure that state and local governments receive clear guidance on the importance responding to the needs of these individuals during times of disaster, she said.
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