Midlife Sibling Family Disaster plan- Agenda for Family Meeting

The heat wave disaster  this week should tell you that you need aging family meeting about any aging family members in the Midwest or east coast. You need a disaster plan because older people are more likely to die in heat wave disasters like the broiling  one this week.

What would be the agenda of that disaster family meeting?

1) Create a disaster plan for the older person. This map out what each sibling and family member needs to do

2) Create a disaster team. This would be all adult siblings all over the country, family nearby, caregivers and neighbors.

Share your disaster plan with everyone. “ If the temp goes over 90 – do ___________

Include someone on the team who can carry heavy objects like wheelchairs

Name a substitute caregiver if the regular one can’t get there

3) Make an evacuation plan. Where is the nearest shelter, what supplies?

 

do you have on hand? Get list from your local Red Cross

How many people do you need to make the move to safety?

4) Put all of the above in writing.  E-mail copies to everyone on the family disaster team including all adult siblings.

5) Get everyone’s agreement especially midlife siblings and the older person.

For more information, the University of Florida, Home of Disaster filled hurricanes has a great set of directions.

6) Call a geriatric care manager  to manage the plan if you live long distance

Professionals check out the chapter in my Handbook of Geriatric Care Management third edition, on Disaster planning

Professional s Check out my book Care Managers Working With the Aging Family,  Jones and Bartlett, with it’s chapter on  Family Meetings and the Aging Family

My new e book on family meeting will be out this month. Check my web site , for details.

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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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