Client(s): Vermont Department of Aging & Independent Living
Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance
Technical Expertise: Aging, Emergency Preparedness and Response
Like the residents of many other states across the country, the residents of Vermont are at risk of experiencing severe weather emergencies, disease outbreaks and manmade disasters. In the case of such emergencies, those needing special assistance, namely the disabled and aging living both independently and in nursing homes or residential care settings, are particularly vulnerable to injury. In 2009, the Vermont Department of Health collaborated with the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) to develop Vermont's long-term health care providers' emergency preparedness and response plans for public health emergencies and other disasters.
JSI was contracted by DAIL to develop planning guides and training for both long-term care facilities and consumers receiving long-term care services in the community. The planning guides and training were designed using a literature and secondary source review regarding emergency preparedness for the target population as well as interviews with stakeholders regarding the target population needs. DAIL sent copies of the planning guides and trainings to every licensed nursing home facility and assisted living facility in the state and directly to approximately 10,000 Vermonters. Additionally, digital versions of the tools were posted on the DAIL website, connecting all residents with the potentially life-saving information.