Mental Health in Disasters
The effects of any disaster will be long-lasting and the resulting trauma can impact even with those not directly affected by the disaster. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has developed a web page with information on general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience in times of stress. These tools have been developed by various organizations based on experiences in prior disasters.
For in-depth information (link)
Seniors & Those With Special Needs
Encourage your clients who have special needs to do the following:
Set up a Personal Support network - Designate someone to check on you in an emergency and to help with evacuation or sheltering-in-place.
Make an Emergency Kit - Ask a trusted friend or relative to help you put together an emergency kit.
Personal Care Assistance - If you receive assistance from a home healthcare agency or in-home support provider, find out how the provider will respond in an emergency. Designate backup or alternative providers that you can contact in an emergency.
For Persons using a wheelchair - Plan for how you will evacuate in an emergency and discuss it with your care providers. If you use a motorized wheelchair, have a manual wheelchair as a backup.
For Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired - Keep an extra collapsible cane by your bed. Attach a whistle to the cane; use it if you need to attract attention. Exercise caution when moving around after an earthquake; items may fall and block paths that are normally unobstructed.
For Persons who are Hearing Impaired - Keep extra batteries for your hearing aids with emergency supplies. Consider storing your hearing aids in a container attached to your nightstand or bedpost, so you can locate them quickly after a disaster.
Resources for seniors and their caregivers
Seniors and their advocates are informed about long distance and local resources, programs and services. Senior Services offers an in-home or office appointment to seniors to provide assistance, information and referrals to a wide array of aging programs and services. We collaborate with other community agencies to provide the seniors, and those interested in senior issues, seminars and opportunities to learn more about healthy aging, safety, family issues, financial and legal information.
Matches seniors who have a need for in-home services with carefully screened caregivers as well as consultation and education on choices and options for seniors and their family.
Senior Home Repair Service
Provides financial assistance for needed minor home repairs to senior and disabled homeowners to provide them with a safe, healthy living environment and to minimize future repair expenses. There are income and asset restrictions for some funding resources.Contact
Other Resources for Seniors:
Illinois Department on Aging, Senior Help Line - 1-800-252-8966
Aging Solutions - Checklists and other information about caring for a spouse or parent.
Alzheimer's Association - Information on Alzheimer's disease and caregivers guide.
Caregivers-USA - Newsletter, information, articles, and on-line support group.
Caringroad.com - Information, personal stories, advices, and on-line support system.
CMS/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Care Planner - CMS programs and information.
Eldercare Locator - A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Eldercare Locator connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. Information is also available in other languages.
Illinois Benefits - Resource for benefits, information and enrollment assistance for people with Medicare, their caregivers and the volunteers and professionals that assist them.
Medicare Rights Center - Your guide through the Medicare maze. Information is also available in Spanish.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Administration on Aging.