Although Southwest Florida has been fortunate in recent years during hurricane season the threat of this natural disaster is one that Abby Services encourage all clients to take seriously. Advance preparation can be the key to comfort and survival. In the event of an emergency, Abby Services does all we can to maintain consistent service. Unfortunately, may be times where circumstances are out of our control and your caregiver may be delayed or unavailable. That is why we encourage clients requiring care during a potential emergency to make plans to evacuate to a local shelter with around the clock care before, during and after an expected emergency. Clients requiring Special needs provisions are encouraged to register in advance. Should clients require any assistance registering with special needs shelters we are here to help. Here are links to our service areas Special Needs Resources.
All Hazards Guides can also be a valuable planning resource. Here are links for those as well.
The Agency for Healthcare Administration maintains this site which links to valuable emergency preparedness resources.
The Agency for Healthcare Administration requires all Home Health providers to provide clients with the following information:
APPENDIX B: INFORMATION FOR NURSE REGISTRY PATIENTS
Please note: The special needs shelter should be used as a place of last refuge. The evacuee may not receive the same level of care received from independent contractors in the home, and the conditions in a shelter might be stressful.
(1) If the patient has a caregiver, the caregiver must accompany the patient and must remain with the patient at the special needs shelter.
(2) The following is a list of what special needs patients need to bring with them to the special needs shelter during an evacuation:
(3) Shelterees need to know the following:
 Caregivers can be relatives, household members, guardians, friends, neighbors and volunteers.