Nursing homes and home health agencies face unique challenges during natural disasters

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Nursing Homes and Health Agencies Face ChallengeTaking care of the elderly is never an easy job, but doing so in a crisis situation such as the double whammy of super storm Sandy and Wednesday’s nor’easter is particularly challenging.

“From the nursing home perspective, one has to do all of the things that you have to do at home on steroids,” said Audrey Weiner, president and CEO of Jewish Home Lifecare, which has nursing home campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester as well as 1,000 home care clients and 800 day care clients.

For starters, by law, nursing homes have to have extras of everything – water, food, medicines, linens – as well as have generators that have been topped off and properly tested, Weiner said.

Staffs in the disaster area put in double shifts and slept at the facilities so that residents had continuous care and little break in their routines – something important to residents who may be easily confused or upset.

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