Health care facilities must meet the challenge of providing adequate care in the face of natural disasters or other emergency events. Disaster preparedness includes being ready to provide uninterrupted service in the face of a break in critical infrastructure. Health care providers should be aware of the potential difficulties older adults may experience as a result of a natural disaster, especially when evacuations and relocations occur.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing found older adults are more susceptible to illness, injury or even death during a disaster. Older adults often have visual and hearing deficits which make it more difficult for them to interpret their environments, provoking increased stress. The stress can exacerbate chronic illnesses and further precipitate delirium. Read more from the article in Long-Term Living Magazine: http://www.ltlmagazine.com/news-item/elderly-ltc-residents-suffer-cognitively-during-disasters.