Do you have procedures for an emergency at your agency?
The ability of an any care management agency ,serving frail elders ,to function despite an emergency is critical. With massive hurricane Dorian that lasting 2 weeks ,the hurricane season is upon us. The west faces massive wildfires again this season and the polar vortex may be coming again .But do you have emergency procedures?
Informal agency emergency procedures work in a start up care management business but what if the solo practitioner is ill and out ?
If illness, accident, some other unforeseen event overtakes an owner or manager, no emergency procedures can be suicide in an emergency, not to mention liability to your elderly clients.
You could be like these two GCM’s who lost their businesses in weather events that knocked them out .
Katrina left 2 New Orleans Geriatric Care Managers desperately scrambling to care for their elderly clients in hotels as the floodwater rose. They were left to re-build their business again, a task that took several years.
GCM Jim Boyd of Paradise , California lost everything in the catastrophic fire in the town of Paradise, where he lived and practiced. He was trying to check on an aging client in Paradise, located in the midst of the Sierra forest, when the a huge forest fire immolated the entire town. Although a Go Fund Me started by the Aging Life raised almost $10,000 for Jim, he did not have enough to rebuild his home where he had his home based GCM business .Then he and 90% of the residents of Paradise never returned.
Every geriatric care professional needs a formal, written backup plan that dictates action, should a disaster or emergency arise.
It ‘s necessary to assess your company’s risk of temporary or permanent service disruption if a disaster or emergency is experienced. This may seem an overwhelming task at first, but when you break it down into pieces, it becomes workable.
Learn about preparing for emergencies how you can prepare you, your clients and staff for disasters and absences of key personnel.
With Global warming’s effects causing floods, larger hurricanes, and the specter of more catastrophic weather events, you need to prepare now.Get the new Handbook of Geriatric Care Management 4th edition now– or out in Kindle or hardback with a excellent chapter on how to prepare your agency for disasters ,by GCM Liz Barlow .