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Disaster Preparedness for Elder Loved Ones

By Dana Carr

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Meet with other family members and discuss the following questions.

    Which family member is closest to the facility should transportation become necessary?

    Who is responsible for moving the loved one? Also, establish a backup person..
    If the loved one canít be moved, who can stay in the facility with them?

The bottom line is that we are the primary caregivers to our loved ones during an emergency, not the facilities they live in. Itís in our loved oneís best interest to take responsibility for their care in the event of a disaster rather than for one hospital administrator to care for all of the patients in their charge.

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