Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Public health emergencies, like Hurricanes Irma and Maria, impact older adults and people with disabilities because they strain critical home and community-based services. As a responder or health care provider, you may encounter patients from these groups who do not reside in institutional settings (i.e. nursing homes), but still need additional supports. Sometimes, as a result of post-disaster circumstances (i.e. no access to medication), these individuals became sick or ill. It’s important that these older adults and people with disabilities are not inappropriately placed in an institutional setting.
Individual self-determination and independence are important aspects of planning during the recovery phase. To ensure patients meet the requirements for safe discharge planning, they may need access to supports or medical care that exist in a more institutional setting before returning to independent living in the community. However, the ultimate goal for these individuals is to be placed in the least restrictive environment.
Consejos para la Planificación del Alta de los Adultos Mayores y las Personas Con Discapacidades
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