Do you need to have an Aging Parent Midlife Family Meeting Before the Next Hurricane/Disaster

Maybe a reason for midlife siblings to reengage is to make sure your aging parents are safe from disaster. Hurricane season is upon us. Alberto and Beryl hit BEFORE the start of season June 1. When Tropical storm Debbie amassed on June 23   it was the very first time four tropical storms formed before July since reliable records began in 1851.

After raging wildfires in Colorado this month, Katrina, Japan – we all need to be prepared. The elderly suffered the greatest loss in all three disasters because they cannot get out rapidly.

In the 3rd edition of my Handbook of Geriatric Care Managemen, Jones and Bartlett.  We have an updated dated chapter on geriatric care managers and home health agencies and other aging agencies dealing with disaster. We cover how to prepare clients and families through professionals visits and training and connection to local and federal disaster networks, how to prepare to have all systems /records go down during a disaster with back up and getting a sister agency somewhere else in the country that does not suffer the disaster who can help communicate with clients and families and what t do to evacuate keep safe and deal with clients during the disaster.  There are many checklists etc.

 

How to have that midlife family meeting and prepare a plan for your aging parents in a disaster is in my book Care Managers Working for the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett.It gives you step y step how to set the family meeting up in real times or Skype or phone and how to get great result that will make your aging parents, all siblings and family members safe and happy.

I will have a new family meeting E Book coming out this summer. Keep checking my website

Plan ahead – disaster, all too true – is on the way.

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About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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