Disaster Preparedness: In Home Care For The Elderly In Scripps Ranch

Disaster Preparedness In Home Assistance For Elderly Near Scripps RanchIt’s very important for agencies providing in home care for the elderly in  Scripps Ranch to be prepared for anything that might happen. The most common surprises are accidents like falls or sudden medical needs on the part of a client, but that’s certainly not the only type of adverse situation that can come up.

Here in California, we are all too aware of the unpredictable and devastating nature of earthquakes and wildfires, and it is appropriate to ask whether those providing in home care for the elderly in Scripps Ranch or elsewhere know exactly how to help their clients during a large-scale disaster.

A Preliminary Study

In order to begin gauging the disaster preparedness of professional caregiving services, a group based at Emory University selected two small areas of the country to focus on: southern California and eastern Georgia, which is vulnerable to destructive hurricanes each year. A number of agencies in each area agreed to talk to the researchers about what measures they had taken to educate their employees about disaster procedures. The main goal in surveying these agencies was to find out what areas future studies should focus on for most efficient results.

Preparedness of Providers of In Home Care for The Elderly In Scripps Ranch

You could say the results of this preliminary study resulted in some good news and some bad news. The bad news first: Most agencies had little to no formal training set up for employees. While those offering in home assistance for the elderly near Scripps Ranch are, in general, very well prepared to respond to a fall or other individual emergency, they do not usually participate in large-scale disaster response. The good news is that, even with this lack of formal training, the fifteen services within the group studied that had experienced a disaster stated that they had met the situations successfully and continued to serve their clients.

Motivated Caregivers

It is encouraging to find that even without formal training, when disaster strikes professional caregivers show their true colors—dedication to their clients and a true concern for their health and safety. At the same time, why not talk to your individual caregiver or agency about putting a definite disaster plan in place? There is nothing to lose, and planning ahead could save precious minutes during a dangerous and confusing situation.

Originally posted 2012-06-04 10:45:53.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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