Today, I want to chat to you about your elder and the upcoming hurricane season. Here in Texas we have a great resource available to our elders, it is called the 211 Special Needs Transportation Registry. This registry is great for the elderly. The registry is designed so that you can pre-register your elder with the State of Texas so that in the event of an emergency, such as a hurricane, the State can provide you with some help such as evacuation out of danger areas. This is very important if you have an elder on a ventilator, dialysis, are non-ambulatory, Oxygen dependent, or are in a home hospice situation.
During our past hurricane, IKE, some parts of the Houston area were out of power for 2 to 3 weeks. It was hard for the City and County to help the elderly because they didn’t know where they were. Can you imagine not being able to provide the basic necessities for your elder? I am sure that if my Dad had still been alive during IKE, he would not have made it with out any electricity for 2 weeks. He was on an oxygen concentrator, feeding pump, and needed breathing treatments to name a few of his electrical uses.So my point is to pre-register you elder today so that if you need help, you are on the list. All you have to do is dial 211 and register. The phones are open 24/7. Below is the info on the Registry.
211 Special Needs Transportation Registry
Explanation of Medical Special Needs Levels
If you live in the hurricane evacuation zone, you don’t have a ride and you have a disability or special health care need, it is very important for you to dial 2-1-1 now to register for a ride.
People who rely on or need others to provide their daily, routine care such as a child under 18 without adult supervision, etc.
People who are blind, hearing impaired, deaf/blind, or have an amputation.
People who need medical assistance including nursing care and help taking medicine. People who are dependent on equipment or those having mental health disorders.
People who are not in a hospital, a long-term care/assisted living facility or state school but require important medical assistance (i.e., IV chemotherapy, ventilator, dialysis, life support equipment, including needing a hospital bed, total care, or who are morbidly obese).
People in settings such as a hospital, long-term care/assisted living facility, or a state school.
People in the Level 5 category do not need to dial 2-1-1. The nursing home and/or assisted living facility will provide rides for their patients
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