Minnesota: LTC Emergency Preparedness Toolkit Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

The Long-Term Care (LTC) Preparedness Toolkit was updated on Feb. 24 and is now available on the Minnesota Department of Health’s Long-Term Care (LTC) Emergency Preparedness which is also the state’s LTC Emergency Preparedness web page.

This toolkit can help LTC facilities and agencies prepare for the most common types of emergencies they could experience within their region. The toolkit gives guidance for specific incidents, how to respond and recover from incidents, as well as considerations to evaluate during an emergency. The toolkit also brings to light the CMS Appendix Z requirements that changed since the last update of the Long-Term Care Toolkit back in 2016.

The tools and resources on this page were developed to assist with emergency preparedness planning for long-term care (LTC) facilities. LTC facilities include nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities (SNF), assisted living facilities (ALF), Assisted living (AL) licensed group homes, intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID), home care agencies, and hospice. The resources on this page are intended for LTC facility owners, administrators, and staff, as well as others who may assist with LTC emergency preparedness planning, such as health care coalitions.

This toolkit was created with multiple partners who represent long-term care facilities and agencies. The Minnesota Department of Health worked with the Minnesota Health Care Coalitions, Leading Age Minnesota, Care Providers of Minnesota, the Minnesota Home Care Association, and the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care.