September is National Preparedness Month
September has been designated as National Preparedness Month. Oklahoma residents are well aware of the importance of being prepared for both natural and manmade disasters. Few places experience nearly everything from tornadoes to earthquakes as much as Oklahoma. It is important that everyone is prepared on a personal level with emergency supplies and knowledge. This fact is even more critical for the vulnerable population groups such as children and the elderly and or disabled who may require some assistance. After preparations have been made for yourself and your immediate family, remember to inquire about the preparedness of your loved ones who may be older and or have certain medical conditions.
As advocates for residents in long term care sittings, the Ombudsman office would like to remind you that if you have a relative or loved one in a long term care facility, please speak with facility staff concerning their preparations for caring for your loved one in the event of a disaster. It is important that the facility has an emergency plan that addresses the issues of emergency transportation, back-up power and supplies, and staff training. Feel free to discuss these issues with the facility’s staff especially the Administrator or Director of Nursing. In the event of a natural disaster, the Ombudsman office is available to assist residents and their families.
Scott Harding and Tim Nicholson are the local Ombudsmen who work for the Area Agency on Aging. Their area includes the following seven counties: Adair, Cherokee, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Sequoyah, and Wagoner. Harding and Nicholson are always available to address any questions or concerns that residents or their families may have regarding long term care, contact them at any time. Scott Harding 918-913-9582 or Tim Nicholson 918-913-9587.
The Ombudsman Program is always looking for volunteers. The next volunteer training is scheduled for Sept. 18-19, 2018 at the EODD Office. For more information about the volunteer program call Harding or Nicholson.