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Home-care workers urged to be prepared in emergencies.

It's estimated that as many as 60 percent of home-health workers will be unable to respond to an emergency due to their own health or that of a member of their family. For those who are homebound due to illness or caring for a child with disabilities and can't go out to receive care, such a potential shortage of caregivers takes on even greater importance.

To address such concerns, the Home meeting places.

In a large-scale emergency, home-care workers will likely play a pivotal role, not only for their existing clients but for the general community.

"In the event of something like a pandemic, hospitals will be discharging anyone they can to make room for new, gravely ill patients," said Susan Young, executive director of HCANH. "Home-care workers will be needed to provide care to these newly discharged individuals."

"We must work in concert and do integrated emergency planning, and make sure it's community-wide," said Gilmour, adding that she has been asked to give a presentation on Good to Go to members of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. HCANtt also is planning a conference in September on preparedness for home-health agencies.

Such personal planning is not really limited to health-care workers, said Gilmour. "Any business that wants to keep functioning, should have its employees personally prepared," she said.

For more information, contact HCANH at 225-5597 or visit
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Author:Kibbe, Cindy
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
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Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:Aug 3, 2007
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