Disaster Preparedness

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.

Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

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Following the death of eight residents of a facility that lost air conditioning as a result of Hurricane Irma, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday gave all assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state 60 days to obtain generators.

Ventas CEO: Hurricanes reveal the value of senior living

Ventas CEO: Hurricanes reveal the value of senior living

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Though challenging to operators — and everyone — as they are occurring, natural disasters such as hurricanes get older adults and their families thinking about the benefits of living in a senior living community, Debra Cafaro, chairman and CEO of real estate investment trust Ventas, said Wednesday afternoon to those attending the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Real Estate Conference in New York City.

Atria in spotlight as staff members carry out Irma response plan

Atria in spotlight as staff members carry out Irma response plan

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Atria Senior Living was in the public eye Monday night as TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel interviewed actress Kristen Bell against a backdrop of residents who had been evacuated to the hotel where she was staying, due to Hurricane Irma. Behind the scenes, however, Atria staff members were putting the company's natural disaster response plan into action.

More news for Wednesday, Sept. 13

The government's role in combating loneliness ... Florida assisted living community without power for three days during Hurricane Irma ... Power losses add to ordeal for senior living operators, residents

Senior living companies launch Harvey relief efforts as Irma looms

Senior living companies launch Harvey relief efforts as Irma looms

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As senior living providers in Florida brace for the possible effects of Hurricane Irma, operators with properties in Texas are beginning relief efforts to help those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.

Long after Harvey fades, this image will linger

Long after Harvey fades, this image will linger

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Hurricane Harvey has caused never-before-seen flood damage across southeastern Texas. Unless you are physically there, it can hard to put your head around its impact. That is, unless you take a look at one hard-to-believe photo of assisted living residents.

Senior living continues to respond to Harvey

Senior living continues to respond to Harvey

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Senior living organizations in Texas and elsewhere continue to respond to the needs created by Tropical Storm Harvey.

More news for Wednesday, Aug. 30

Here's what those seniors stuck in waist-deep water look like now ... La Vita Bella owner: Residents laughed, joked during wait for rescue

Holiday, Brookdale among those battling Harvey

Holiday, Brookdale among those battling Harvey

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A photo from a Texas assisted living community became a social media sensation on Sunday, sending visual confirmation of the destruction that Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey brought to the Lone Star State across the country and around the world. Behind the scenes, both small and large senior living operators on the Gulf Coast were dealing with historic levels of rain and other effects through the weekend and on Monday.

The weather outside doesn't have to be frightful

The weather outside doesn't have to be frightful

Communities in unfortunate locations could be snowed in, flooded, caught up in gusty hurricanes, struck by tornados or covered in sheets of ice. Communities can be proactive, however.

7 best practices for weathering a crisis

7 best practices for weathering a crisis

Regardless of the scope or cause of the emergency, senior living communities of all sizes in any location can benefit from being prepared for any potential disaster.

Senior living communities welcome temporary residents during Hurricane Matthew

Senior living communities welcome temporary residents during Hurricane Matthew

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As the damage from Hurricane Matthew is assessed and flooding continues, senior living communities are giving thanks for one another.

CCRC springs into action after Hurricane Hermine

CCRC springs into action after Hurricane Hermine

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Advance planning and dedicated staff members and residents helped Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, FL, get through some trying days and nights after Hurricane Hermine came through earlier this month, the CCRC's executive director told McKnight's Senior Living.

Bomb in employee car sets emergency plan in motion

Bomb in employee car sets emergency plan in motion

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A Tennessee senior living community implemented its emergency preparedness plan on Saturday as a precaution after an employee found a bomb in her car at the end of her shift.

Crisis communications for the senior living industry

Crisis communications for the senior living industry

A crisis can do long-term damage to the reputation of your senior living community. Make sure you are prepared.

Senior living community takes precautions after two Legionnaires' cases found

Senior living community takes precautions after two Legionnaires' cases found

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A four-month-old senior living community in Maryland is taking precautionary measures after two residents were found to have Legionnaires' disease. The experience may prove informative to other communities at a time when the CDC says that incidence of the infection is increasing.

Greenspring plows through blizzard

Greenspring plows through blizzard

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Much of the Northeast is now recovering from record snowfall, but during the storm, more than 200 staff members at one CCRC stayed overnight to support the more than 2,000 residents on campus.

5 keys to effectively pre-plan for emergencies

5 keys to effectively pre-plan for emergencies

To ensure that first responders are in the best position to save lives and property, the tools for success need to be in place well in advance.

CEO shares Hurricane Katrina memories, lessons

CEO shares Hurricane Katrina memories, lessons

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United Methodist Retirement Communities President and CEO John Thorhauer experienced Hurricane Katrina firsthand. Ten years later, he shares how the storm continues to affect his personal and professional life.

When disaster strikes - how to soften the blow

When disaster strikes - how to soften the blow

Senior living settings are at risk of a natural disaster, along with every other business across the country.

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Mock fire, real prep

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A recent fire and disaster response drill at Friendship helped with staff and responder preparedness.