SENIOR LIVING EVACUATION CHAIRS
ASSISTED LIVING EVACUATION
Why we need a plan
With the vulnerability of persons in care, be it the infirm, elderly or persons requiring supported living the fire evacuation procedures are paramount. We need to be prepared for any eventuality to get everyone out safely when it comes to evacuating Assisted Living Facilities and/or Nursing Homes.
With the current unpredictable climate of terrorism and violence, along with fire and weather emergencies, effective emergency evacuation plans are vital. Extra precautions and considerations need to be taken into account to accommodate the individual needs of patrons or residents with physical disabilities, those with sensory disabilities, and those who may lack understanding of a situation or be able to act quickly. Personnel and visitors with disabilities also need protection.
This plan should insure and include:
• Full risk identification and prevention
• Drills (identifying obstacles as they arise and before an emergency occurs)
ª Equipment required and its usage
• Training needs
• Post drill evaluation to inform any changes necessary etc.
Staff and visitors with disabilities can also be at risk. Assisted/senior living and/or nursing home administrators and staff should develop a plan to necessitate provisions and share the information with all people concerned. Through the entire process, the establishment has a moral, ethical and legal responsibility to keep their whole community safe in the event of an emergency.