By Charles A. Cefalu

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors: A complete consultant for Healthcare Professionals outlines particular catastrophe situations for homebound, neighborhood, hospitalized, long-term care, homeless and elderly veterans. Chapters are written by way of a various staff of authors, all of whom provide perception and services in education healthcare pros in getting ready for failures. subject matters comprise myths and realities of typical failures and catastrophe preparedness for specified populations of elders-the acute care aged, the community-dwelling aged, domestic established 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 existence and the consequences of catastrophe on caregivers. a good portion of the ebook is additionally dedicated to education, talents, literacy, cultural competency and resilience in catastrophe preparedness in addition to the position of the educational clinical middle. the quantity concludes with assurance of the administration of behavioral, scientific and mental effects of failures. Disaster Preparedness for Seniors: A complete advisor for Healthcare Professionals is a vital new quantity and may function a advisor for the improvement of courses, regulations and methods for evacuation of seniors in the course of quite a few catastrophe eventualities.

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Registries have met with mixed results across the country, however. They are expensive to create and maintain, reliant on agencies who serve the target population to provide the necessary information or reliant on citizens themselves to sign up. Vulnerable people are often reluctant or unable to add their names and personal information to a public registry. Another problem is that those who do so may assume that when they register they will be taken complete care of in an emergency, when in fact they may still have to make their own evacuation plans [39].

DeBoisblanc Introduction During both natural and man-made disasters, the elderly disproportionately impact healthcare resources when compared to younger patients. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported that 70 % of all victims held at temporary morgues post Katrina were older than 60 years old, and 46 % were older than 75 years old. During the same period, census statistics revealed that only 11 % of the population was over age 65 [1]. Several characteristics of aging of may contribute to the greater healthcare needs of the geriatric population during times of strife.

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