Disaster Preparedness

Senior living resiliency in the face of disaster

Senior living resiliency in the face of disaster

The past year has been particularly challenging for all types of senior living and healthcare providers in California and beyond, but the response to disasters by one particular facility represents the pinnacle of preparedness, dedication and resiliency.

Second CA community sued over handling of evacuation during wildfire

Second CA community sued over handling of evacuation during wildfire

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A 94-year-old California resident is suing the senior living community where she was living when a wildfire broke out in October, claiming that she and at least 80 other residents were abandoned by staff members. The community is a sister to a property already being sued over the way staff allegedly handled evacuations during the fire.

Nearly a month later, evacuated residents return to senior living community

Nearly a month later, evacuated residents return to senior living community

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Almost a month after mud and debris flows forced them to evacuate, residents in a California senior living community north of Los Angeles are returning to Casa Dorinda.

Enhance your organization's culture through philanthropy

Enhance your organization's culture through philanthropy

Coming together to help others in need has helped magnify the caring spirit and mission that we strive for everyday as a healthcare provider. Many employees also choose to work for us now because of our commitment to helping our communities.

More news for Monday, Feb. 5

If immigrants are pushed out, who will care for the elderly? ... Effects of Hurricane Irma still linger for Florida senior living communities ... CCRC mudslide evacuee, 91, dies after being struck by triple DUI suspect ... Site of Marshall Square retirement community fire to feature medical offices

A bright spot in an otherwise grim weekend

A bright spot in an otherwise grim weekend

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During a weekend in which the federal government shutdown dominated the news, a bright spot emerged when Atria Senior Living residents and employees wished actress Kristen Bell good luck hosting Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards. See the video and read more about the shutdown, too.

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

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The man behind a proposal that would add a "Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents' Bill of Rights" to the Florida constitution says it is an effort to "establish a situation where the rights of residents of long-term care facilities are at least on par with the rights of everyone else." At least one organization representing care and service providers, however, describes the proposal as "nothing more than an avaricious ploy by trial lawyers to profit from increased lawsuits."

Worker murdered at senior living community, police say

Worker murdered at senior living community, police say

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The administrator of a Crosby, MN, senior living community said the community is continuing to work with authorities after an employee was killed there Saturday.

Mudslides force California CCRC evacuation

Mudslides force California CCRC evacuation

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A Southern California life plan community was evacuated Thursday due to the Montecito mudslides, caused by hillsides left vulnerable after the Thomas Fire and then rains.

Investigators pinpoint origin of fire that killed 4 senior living residents

Investigators pinpoint origin of fire that killed 4 senior living residents

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigators say they have determined the starting point of the Nov. 16 five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends continuing care retirement community in which four residents died. Agents remain unsure, however, of what caused the West Chester, PA, fire or how it spread.

Wildfires endanger California senior living communities again

Wildfires endanger California senior living communities again

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Wildfires came roaring back to California this week, less than two months after senior living operators in the state encountered blazes that put in motion emergency response plans, damaged or destroyed communities and led to a lawsuit against one community.

Fire safety advice from the pros

Fire safety advice from the pros

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Two recent news stories may have you re-examining your emergency preparedness plans, especially as they pertain to fires. Two experts share tips.

6 tips for effective crisis communication

6 tips for effective crisis communication

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In senior living, we have plans to mitigate disasters, address corporate compliance, handle elopement and assure quality. What plans do we have in place for crisis communication and reputation management?

More news for Monday, Nov. 27

Uncertain future for those counting on medical deductions ... For older LGBT adults, equality is not a piece of cake ... Japan is embracing nursing-care robots ... Disney has a loyal following in an unexpected place: The Villages ... LGBT senior living facility residents return after wildfire

4 residents presumed dead after Pennsylvania CCRC fire as Idaho operator recovers from a blaze

4 residents presumed dead after Pennsylvania CCRC fire as Idaho operator recovers from a blaze

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Four residents of a Pennsylvania retirement community remained missing Monday and were presumed dead after a five-alarm fire at the community that began Thursday. Across the country in Idaho, another senior living operator was dealing with the aftermath of a weekend fire that completely destroyed one of its communities.

Residents missing after five-alarm fire at Pennsylvania CCRC

Residents missing after five-alarm fire at Pennsylvania CCRC

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An undisclosed number of residents remained unaccounted for Sunday, three days after a five-alarm fire began at a Pennsylvania continuing care retirement community, injuring 27, according to authorities.

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

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Florida assisted living and nursing home operators say they will avoid potential $1,000-per-day fines and loss of licensure after an appeals court Tuesday handed down a decision that emergency rules requiring them to have generators and fuel in place by Nov. 15 did not remain in effect while Gov. Rick Scott appealed a previous court decision that the rules were "invalid exercises of delegated legislative authority" by state officials. The governor disagrees.

Size helps Brookdale in natural disasters, CEO says, but financial effects linger

Size helps Brookdale in natural disasters, CEO says, but financial effects linger

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Hurricanes, wildfires, generators, HCP and metrics of success were among the topics that executives of Brookdale Senior Living discussed with shareholders and analysts Tuesday on a third-quarter earnings call.

Senior living operators may be in for a very unpleasant surprise

Senior living operators may be in for a very unpleasant surprise

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You may not be terribly concerned that federal lawmakers are looking into recent deaths in a Florida nursing home. But this inquiry could blossom into something that affects senior living operators in one of the worst ways imaginable.

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

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New contenders are challenging staffing as the issue most top-of-mind for senior living operators, according to participants in a panel discussion at the Oct. 15 NCAL Day that preceded the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

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Las Vegas — Despite the "tough" political and regulatory environment, assisted living and skilled nursing providers "will make it through this. And many of you will not only survive; you will prosper," American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson told those attending the opening general session of the organization's 68th Annual Convention & Expo. He gave four reasons.

When disaster preparedness pays off

When disaster preparedness pays off

With advance planning and masterful execution, the Watermark Retirement Communities team was able to care for residents and create an environment where they thrived, even in the midst of Hurricane Irma. Looking back, several best practices can be gained from this experience.

Assisted living community reworking disaster plan after leaving resident behind during hurricane evacuation

Assisted living community reworking disaster plan after leaving resident behind during hurricane evacuation

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A Texas assisted living community is changing its disaster preparedness strategy after a memory care resident was left behind during an evacuation in advance of Hurricane Harvey.

Mock fire, real prep

Mock fire, real prep

A recent fire and disaster response drill at Friendship helped with staff and responder preparedness. Read more, and find out how to submit your photos!

More news for Thursday, Oct. 5

GOP budget and tax plan cuts the safety net for seniors ... Bill would create national elder abuse registry ... FEMA teams help Puerto Rico senior living communities

2 more associations join Florida generator rule fight

2 more associations join Florida generator rule fight

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Two associations representing assisted living operators have joined LeadingAge Florida in challenging an emergency rule issued Sept. 16 that gave assisted living communities in the Sunshine State 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least four days after a power outage.

Florida regulator moves to close ALF affiliated with rehab center that lost 12 residents after Irma

Florida regulator moves to close ALF affiliated with rehab center that lost 12 residents after Irma

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The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has taken actions to close an assisted living community owned by the same company that owns the rehabilitation center where a Hurricane Irma-related air conditioner outage has led to the deaths of 12 residents so far.

Willis Towers Watson introduces active shooter readiness program

Global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson on Monday introduced a free active shooter/armed intruder readiness program for senior living communities.

More news for Friday, Sept. 22

Florida state officials clarify generator rule for assisted living communities ... Florida assisted living communities, association concerned about tight generator deadline ... Welltower donates $30M headquarters property to University of Toledo ... Minnesota assisted living community has two cases of Legionnaires' ... Disney legend and centenarian shares longevity secrets

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies

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A 15-member panel would advise local, state and government officials on how to prepare and care for older adults during emergency situations under a bill introduced Tuesday by four senators and discussed Wednesday at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing.

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Feb. 21

Handmade holiday

Rochester, NY

Residents of St. John's recently were surprised with handmade Valentine's Day cards and gifts from local elementary school students.