Long-Term, Home Health, and Hospice Care Planning Guide for Public Health Emergencies [open ms word - 981KB]
From the Executive Summary: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthcare Preparedness Activity (HPA), in partnership with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), has been conducting a series of meetings with healthcare sector stakeholders since 2008. The goal of these meetings has been to identify the gaps and issues these sectors face during a public health emergency, such as an influenza pandemic, and to develop tools to help them address these gaps and issues. The long-term care (LTC) sector became the focus of a stakeholder meeting in 2010 because a literature search by CDC-HPA showed that (1) LTC's pandemic influenza planning efforts needed improvement and (2) LTC does not effectively coordinate and integrate with other healthcare systems within their communities. [...] The 'Planning Guide' is designed to be used by a team of interested partners who are focused on improving their long-term, home health, or hospice care facility's or agency's preparedness for a public health emergency. Working together, this team will find the Guide to be an easy-to-use tool to improve its planning efforts and its coordination and integration within the community."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/