[by Joanne Reynolds] The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster unfolding in Japan have featured news coverage that must tug at the heartstrings of every caregiver—the elderly people in care facilities who are unable to leave because of the contamination and have run out of medications.
No one wants to see their loved one in a circumstance like that. As a caregiver, you need to be prepared for a disaster, whether your loved one is living independently, with you or in a care facility. The Red Cross has an excellent booklet on disaster planning for seniors (“Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors”) that was created in the wake of an enormous blizzard in upstate New York in 2003. I strongly recommend that you get and use this book, whether or not you’re caring for an elderly loved one. It’s full of good advice for all of us.