Home Care & Hospice
Home Care and Hospice agencies are vital members of the Metro Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition.
The Twin Cities Metro area has over 100 home care and hospice agencies, all of which provide essential and vital care to their patients wherever those patients may call home. Those patients are reliant on the services provided by these agencies who, together with the coalition, work to prepare and plan for this vital continuity of care. For this reason it is essential that hospice and home care agencies are part of a network that collaborates in assuring ongoing healthcare management during times of emergency or crisis.
The Coalition helps to preserve this collaboration by providing a forum for information sharing and innovation in assuring emergency preparedness learning, materials and resources are addressed in a fashion that serves the unique needs of these agencies. The Coalition connects home care and hospice agencies to a robust communication network which includes MNTrac and other modalities of communication during an event. The Coalition also provides an opportunity for home care and hospice agencies to meet, share best practices and network to improve their planning and mitigate risks for their patients. This information sharing includes resources for sharing emergency planning strategies, templates, educational opportunities and community exercises.
To be an aware and actively involved member of the Home Care and Hospice Workgroup in the Metro Health and Medical Preparedness Coalition:
- Attend meetings put on by the Metro Region Hospice and Home Care Emergency Preparedness Workgroup
- Maintain an up-to-date emergency operations plan for Planning, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.
- Become registered and involved in the MNTrac system (highly recommended)
- Register with your local public health agency to receive Health Alert Network (HAN) updates and rapid alerts. (highly recommended)