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PREPARE Workshop


Mather LifeWays Mather LifeWays is a not-for-profit organization based in Evanston, Illinois, with a 60+ year track record of enhancing the lives of older adults. Its Institute on Aging provides services such as but not limited to improving the senior living workforce, supporting family caregivers, and offering the nationally recognized P-R-E-P-A-R-E trainings.

P-R-E-P-A-R-E equips senior living and long-term care professionals with the core competencies to address the medical and psychosocial consequences of natural disasters and other public health emergency preparedness and response concerns. Mather LifeWays will have conducted P-R-E-P-A-R-E train-the-trainer classes in all 50 states by August 2008.


How can you prepare your senior living or longterm care workforce to handle an emergency or disaster?

You’ll be able to assure residents and families that your community is ready to:

  • Meet the special needs of older adults in your care
  • Recognize, respond to, and mitigate both manmade and natural threats
  • Take a coordinated approach to alert and involvelocal, state, and national agencies


Prepare the long-term care workforce with   knowledge and competencies to deal with natural   disasters and   other public health emergencies
Readiness, recognition, and multidisciplinary   response to disasters and emergencies
Educate core trainers
Produce an effective long-term care workforce able   to treat older adults in such emergencies
Alert the public health system of emergencies
Resources for continuing disaster preparedness   education
Evaluating the program’s impact


  • Directors of Nursing
  • Educational Directors or Specialists
  • Health Care Administrators
  • Human Resources Directors
  • Risk Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Safety Officers


PREPARE Learning Modules:
  • Module 1: Responses of Older Adults to Disaster/ Emergency Situations: Special Considerations
    Module 2: Psychological Needs of Older Adults in Long-Term Care
    Module 3: Biological and Chemical Agents: What Long-Term Care Providers Need to Know
    Module 4: Leading and Communicating in Long-Term Care During a Disaster or Emergency
    Module 5: Surveillance and Infection Control
    Module 6: Emergency Preparedness Drills and Exercises
    Module 7: Local, State and Federal Plans and Resources for Long-Term Care in a Disaster/Emergency
    Module 8: Effective Disaster Planning for Long-Term Care: Components and Template
P-R-E-P-A-R-E Specialists leave the workshop with:
  • Trainer Guide for eight learning modules
  • CD-ROM of resources and templates
  • Comprehensive handouts
  • Certificates of completion
  • Access to PREPARE specialist webpage
  • DVDs with videos of selected modules
  • Continuing education units
  • A self-study version of the modules to allow for flexibility in training