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By Charles A. Cefalu

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors: A complete advisor for Healthcare Professionals outlines particular catastrophe eventualities for homebound, neighborhood, hospitalized, long-term care, homeless and elderly veterans. Chapters are written through a various team of authors, all of whom provide perception and services in education healthcare pros in getting ready for mess ups. subject matters contain myths and realities of normal failures and catastrophe preparedness for specified populations of elders-the acute care aged, the community-dwelling aged, domestic dependent basic care senior veterans, the immune-compromised aged, people with a number of and co morbid health problems, the long term care aged, these aged on the finish of lifestyles and the results of catastrophe on caregivers. a good portion of the e-book can be dedicated to education, capabilities, literacy, cultural competency and resilience in catastrophe preparedness in addition to the function of the tutorial scientific heart. the amount concludes with assurance of the administration of behavioral, scientific and mental effects of mess ups. Disaster Preparedness for Seniors: A accomplished advisor for Healthcare Professionals is a crucial new quantity and should function a advisor for the improvement of courses, regulations and strategies for evacuation of seniors in the course of quite a few catastrophe situations.

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During the 1995 Chicago heat wave, for example, Blacks were one and one-half times more likely to die than Whites [10]. After Hurricane Katrina, half of the 72 evacuees who died in a Harris County, Texas, shelter were Black elders [12]. Although older adults are more likely than others to be harmed in a hazardous event, and many preparation and response strategies have emerged over the past decade, there is no consensus on the best means of protection [13]. It should not be a surprise, however, that many older adults may suffer from impaired mobility and cognition, diminished sensory awareness, chronic health conditions, and social, education, and economic limitations—all of which can impair their ability to prepare for and survive a catastrophic event [10, 13–17].

VHA HBPC programs employ an interdisciplinary, team-based approach to provide comprehensive, longitudinal primary care in the homes of Veterans for whom routine clinic-based care is not effective. , nurse practitioner or physician assistant), nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist, pharmacist, and others. These team members travel to the homes of their patients and conduct their “office” visits in the patients’ living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, or wherever it is most appropriate.

Examples of such strategies include pre-disaster identification of patients on home oxygen, mandating evacuations [5], and providing post-disaster soft care areas for the frail [6]. Some disasters like the 9/11 terrorist attacks remain unpredictable while others may exceed the capabilities of even the best prepared institutions. When demand for emergency healthcare outstrips available resources, services must be allocated to offer the greatest good to the greatest number. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a framework for developing institutional policies to deal with elderly patients during disaster-related resource shortages.

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