Comprehensive Care for Vulnerable Elderly Veterans during Disasters
Claver, M., Dobalian, A., Fickel, J., et al. (2013). Comprehensive Care for Vulnerable Elderly Veterans during Disasters. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 56(1): 205-13.
This study examined the experiences of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) nursing homes (VANHs) and the evacuation and sheltering of their residents during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Interviews were conducted with nursing home staff and representatives, which revealed that physical harm, psychological distress, cognitive decline, and increased social isolation were areas that deserved special attention for this vulnerable population.