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Aging Advocate -Improving Care For Older Adults

REACH is an acronym both the first responder and care partner can use to maximize safety and promote a peaceful interaction for the person living with dementia. 

REACH is an easy self-paced training module with practical situations that may arise. We use videos that demonstrate helpful approaches using the REACH acronym to de-escalate a situation involving persons living with dementia and their family. We include a wandering scenario and an in-home medical incident that involves an emergency response team. The videos focus on both the care partner and the first responder and detail how to work together to improve the emergency response for the individual with dementia.  Our goal is to be proactive rather than reactive and guide a person living with dementia to the best outcomes. 

First Responder Dementia Guide

Know How to Respond to Persons Living with Dementia in Emergency Situations

REACH 1st Responders Care Partners 2024 Training FDOH

These videos were created through a partnership with Aging Advocate and the FSU College of Medicine REACH Program. Take a look at the hyperlinks for more information about our program.  First Responders and Care Partner training videos landing page, they are also directly posted on a YouTube Channel playlist. The landing page has key takeaways, handouts, and other content that can be used in training. 

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and Response Topical Collection resource endeavors to inform and guide pediatricians as well as planners, responders, care providers, and volunteers to be better prepared to meet the unique needs of children in times of crises and disasters.

Children have many unique anatomic, physiologic, immunologic, developmental, and psychological considerations that potentially affect their vulnerability to injury and response in a disaster. The underlying principle of pediatric disaster preparedness is to ensure that the medical and psychological needs of children are met during and after disaster events.

Family Reunification Following Disasters: A Planning Tool for Health Care Facilities

AAP Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and Response Topical Collection

To be fully prepared for disasters, the best strategy is an all-hazards approach. All components within the chain of care for those affected by disasters can benefit from additional knowledge and guidance to improve pediatric preparedness.

Chapter 1: How Children are Different
As all pediatric care providers know, one cannot treat children as small adults. Children have many unique anatomic, physiologic, immunologic, developmental, and psychological considerations that potentially affect their vulnerability to injury and response in a disaster. Pediatricians can and should ensure that the needs of children are met in triage, diagnosis, and management in times of catastrophic occurrences.

Chapter 2: Disaster Planning for Pediatricians
Preparedness is probably the most important phase of response in emergency management. Parents know their child best and can greatly benefit from their pediatrician’s help with planning before an emergency or disaster.

Chapter 3: Preparedness Planning in Specific Practice Settings
The underlying principle of pediatric disaster preparedness is to ensure that the medical and psychological needs of children are met during and after disaster events. Proper planning can help a practice provide the necessary care to their patients.

Chapter 4: Mental Health Issues
Pediatricians and other health professionals that care for children will play many critical roles in identifying and addressing the mental health needs of children and families in a disaster or crisis event.

Chapter 5: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases remain among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, especially in resource-limited countries. Guidelines are available for recognizing, isolating, and safely managing children with highly hazardous infectious diseases.

Chapter 6: Pediatric Preparedness Exercises
In conducting exercises specifically geared toward pediatric populations, hospitals and community-based providers can identify gaps in preparedness, training, response, and recovery for children in disasters.

Chapter 7: Nuclear and Radiological Events
Medical professionals, including pediatricians, need to be knowledgeable regarding the principles and management of radiological injury, not only to provide proper diagnosis and treatment to those affected, but also to alleviate public fear and counter potential misinformation.

Chapter 8: Biological Events
All public health and medical responses to bioterrorism events begin at the local level. Pediatricians are front-line health care providers in every community, and they may become front-line responders in a bioterrorist attack.

Chapter 9: Chemical Events
Successful planning and response to events involving chemical terrorism require strong collaboration and integrated functioning of many agencies and facilities, both governmental and nongovernmental, including local treatment facilities, local and state health departments, and federal agencies.

Chapter 10: Pediatric Decontamination
Pediatricians need to be aware of pediatric decontamination strategies and appropriate use of personal protective equipment to protect health care staff

Chapter 11: Physical Trauma: Blunt and Penetrating Injuries Due to Explosives and Firearms
Treatment of blast trauma involves full integration of the regional emergency medical services system and the regional trauma system, in accordance with plans developed in collaboration with regional public safety and emergency management agencies.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the eighth leading cause of death in Florida.

AFSP Southwest Florida

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

OUR MISSION is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

A traumatic event is a frightening, dangerous, or violent event that poses a threat to a child’s life or bodily integrity. Witnessing a traumatic event that threatens life or physical security of a loved one can also be traumatic. This is particularly important for young children as their sense of safety depends on the perceived safety of their attachment figures.

Traumatic experiences can initiate strong emotions and physical reactions that can persist long after the event. Children may feel terror, helplessness, or fear, as well as physiological reactions such as heart pounding, vomiting, or loss of bowel or bladder control. Children who experience an inability to protect themselves or who lacked protection from others to avoid the consequences of the traumatic experience may also feel overwhelmed by the intensity of physical and emotional responses.

Even though adults work hard to keep children safe, dangerous events still happen. This danger can come from outside of the family (such as a natural disaster, car accident, school shooting, or community violence) or from within the family, such as domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse, or the unexpected death of a loved one.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

All NCTSN Resources

The Learning Center

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Risk and Protective Factors

Psychological First Aid App

About Child Trauma

After the Hurricane: Helping Young Children Heal

Family Preparedness Wallet Card

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

Secondary Traumatic Stress

First Responder Hope Line

Being a first responder means being dedicated to protecting others. Today, this means being exposed to scenes of trauma and challenges that may leave you overwhelmed and alienated. At times it may feel like no one can understand.

You may put others’ lives first, but you can still make your mental health a priority. Because saving lives starts with your own. The First Responder Hope Line works to ensure that our community’s first responders have access to a lifeline of support, allowing you to speak confidentially with trained specialists anytime.

To those who serve, we thank you. And we are here for you.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

Alzheimer’s Association Education Center

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of healthcare for all Americans. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the healthcare system and help consumers, healthcare professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ)

Congressional District Health Dashboard

City Health Dashboard

Physician Support Line

Our mission at Physician Support Line is to offer free and confidential peer support to American physicians and medical students by creating a safe space to discuss immediate life stressors with volunteer psychiatrist colleagues who are uniquely trained in mental wellness and also have similar shared experiences of the profession.

Physician Support Line

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.

Our Mission: At the intersection of empathy and innovation — we promote mental well-being for people wherever they are.

Crisis Text Line

The Trevor Project

  The Trevor Project’s mission is to end suicide among LGBTQ young people

The Trevor Project – support to LGBTQ

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