The Alabama Nursing Home Association (ANHA) today released its “Long-Term Care Preparedness Toolkit.”

The toolkit will assist with emergency preparedness and disaster planning for the specialized health care population served by long-term care facilities. It’s designed to be used by both management and front-line staff in nursing homes and updates a plan ANHA released in 2013.

Cover of ANHA’s Long-Term Care Preparedness Toolkit.

“Our association prides itself on being proactive to meet the needs of nursing home residents, patients and employees,” said John Burchfield, an ANHA board member and part of the committee that developed the toolkit. “The release of this toolkit continues that tradition and will help our members better prepare for disasters and emergencies.”

Developed by ANHA’s Life Safety and Physical Plant Committee, the toolkit took more than a year to complete. The committee recommends each nursing home form an internal committee from various disciplines to work on the facility’s plan.

“The toolkit is not a static document” Burchfield explained. “It provides a foundation for an all hazards approach to planning, preparedness and response. It’s a base template nursing homes can customize to meet their unique needs.”

The more than 150-page toolkit will be sent to all ANHA member nursing homes as an electronic document free of charge and will also be available on ANHA.org. In addition, the ANHA Board of Directors is making the toolkit available to non-member nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other senior housing providers for free.

“This toolkit is truly a group effort. I appreciate the work of the committee members and ANHA staff member Katrina Magdon to see this project to completion,” Burchfield said. “By working together as an association, we can help ensure the health and safety of those we serve and the individuals who care for them.

Click here to download a PDF of the ANHA Long-Term Care Preparedness Toolkit.