Nursing Home Disaster Plans Often Faulted As ‘Paper Tigers’

It does not take a hurricane to put nursing home residents at risk when disaster strikes.

Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston, according to an examination of federal inspection records. Those homes rarely face severe reprimands, records show, even when inspectors identify repeated lapses.

Conference Explores Aging in Rural Oregon

The event, which is being held in Hood River, is sponsored by the Office of Rural Health.

The challenges faced by an aging population in rural communities takes center stage at a conference scheduled for April 20-21.

Sponsored by the Office of Rural Health, the goal is to bring people together to learn from one another about creative innovative ideas, said Scott Ekblad. Often, there are barriers to access in rural areas such as the lack of transportation and a shortage of providers which place a heavy burden on caregivers and families.


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