A comparison of emergency preparedness policies by long-term care setting type in Ohio: Assisted living care settings lag behind nursing homes in key areas

January 1, 2020


  • Katherine A. Kennedy
  • Cassandra L. Hua
  • Ian Nelson

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have received regulatory attention in relation to their emergency preparedness. Yet, assisted living settings (ALs) have not experienced such interest due to their classification as a state-regulated, home- and community-based service. However, the growth in the number of ALs and increased resident acuity levels suggest that existing disaster preparedness policies, and therefore, plans, lag behind those of SNFs. This study examined differences in emergency preparedness policies between Ohio’s SNFs and ALs.

 Journal of Applied Gerontology, doi:10.1177/0733464820902010 

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