With recent hurricanes, tropical storms, flooding and heat waves in mind, a local nursing home and rehab center is offering both advice and shelter to the community.
"Because we care for a significant number of elderly individuals, we are particularly aware of how vulnerable this population can be," says Sharon Ashton, director of admissions at Renaissance Manor on Cabot, a member of the Revera Inc. family.
"For example, many people don't realize that simply losing electrical power can have fatal consequences for the elderly and disabled. Thatís because a power outage stops all air conditioning and most mechanical sources of oxygen. Sometimes even phone service is affected.
"That's why it's important for people to sit down with their family and create an emergency plan before disaster strikes. Many elderly and disabled persons have very specific medical needs that must be met regardless of external happenings."
Ashton and the staff at Renaissance Manor on Cabot are offering their services to local families who are uncertain of how to protect frail, elderly or disabled family members in the event of a natural disaster.
"We can help families plan for emergencies and guide them in acquiring the emergency supplies and networks they will need in a crisis. Just give us a call."
Renaissance Manor on Cabot will also open its doors to vulnerable persons in times of emergency, Ashton notes. "If needed, we are here to assist local emergency personnel in caring for and sheltering those who need extra care," she said. "We are all in this together - as a community."
For more information and help with emergency planning, call Renaissance Manor on Cabot at 413-536-3435.