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Does your assisted living facility have an evacuation plan?

Posted by Sasha Golden | Aug 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

Now here's good thinking — the head of a retirement community where I practice has started up a mutual assistance program for assisted living facilities and nursing homes. 170 Massachusetts facilities have signed on to help each other take in residents and share resources in the event of fire, prolonged energy outage, flood, etc., etc. This idea can keep a lot of frail elders out of emergency rooms and Red Cross shelters during crises.

So, when you are looking for a facility for yourself or a loved one, ask the admissions director whether it belongs to the Massachusetts Long-Term Care Mutual Assistance Association — and if they don't, whether the facility plans on doing so by the time your loved one moves in. If the answer to both questions is “no,” consider going elsewhere.

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Sasha Golden

Alexandra “Sasha” Golden received her undergraduate and law degrees from Boston College, and has been practicing law in Massachusetts since 1994. Attorney Golden is a long-standing member of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and of the Probate and So...


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