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Are Your Clients Prepared? The Importance of Emergency Planning in Non-Medical Home Care

Updated: Jun 25

In the non-medical home care world, emergency planning is vital. Even more so than in home health and hospice because they are usually a more temporary arrangement. We are often a clients' primary support system, which is why we need to take emergency planning a bit more seriously for our clients.

When you're assessing a new client, that's the perfect time to talk about emergency plans. But hey, assessments can be long, and by the end, we're all ready to wrap it up, right? So, if you don't get to it right away, no worries. You can bring it up during your initial start/visit or at least within the first 30 days. It's important to discuss what to do in case of a real emergency, like bad weather or other unexpected situations.

Remember, it's not your job to be their emergency backup. You're there to provide resources and guidance. If there's a staffing hiccup, sure, you'll figure it out, but in a widespread emergency, you're not expected to play hero. Your caregivers have families too, and they may need to take care of them in an emergency.

Make sure your clients have emergency preparedness resources handy, like a "go-bag", extra medications, non-perishable food, and water, flashlights and batteries, etc. Provide them with local emergency contact numbers and encourage them to be prepared. And if a client doesn't have a backup plan, consider registering them with local emergency services for extra support.

It's all about ensuring your clients are safe and prepared. So, take a closer look at your emergency planning strategies and make sure everyone's on the same page. If you need help with an emergency preparedness plan in Texas, check out my website at Stay safe, everyone!

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