About the study

The Role of Social and Behavioral Factors on Disaster Planning in Home Care 

This study considers an especially vulnerable population in the disaster planning process: elderly recipients of home care.  Focusing on the social and behavioral components of disaster planning, this study examines individual preparedness plans for a diverse sample of 100 elderly home care recipients recruited from two high risk major metropolitan areas in the United States (San Francisco and New York City). This study will use semi-structured in-depth interviews along with disaster scenarios to assess these participants’ level of disaster planning in relation to personal characteristics, social-cognitive factors, social vulnerabilities, and care models. 

We hope that Information from this study will serve to inform policy strategies and have an impact not only within the home care sector, but at the local, state, and national levels of emergency planning and response. 

Specific Aims

  1. To identify psychosocial and behavioral factors associated with the preparedness practices of elderly adults in two high risk cities: San Francisco and New York City.
  2. To explore the role of the caregiving model: San Francisco, a consumer directed model vs. the more traditional agency provider model in New York City.



Funding Source: NIH: National Institute of Nursing Research (http://www.ninr.nih.gov/)