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Tennessee Tornadoes Spur Senior Move Managers to Aid Elderly in Crisis
Date:2/8/2008

New mapping tool powered by SNAPforSeniors(R) helps members quickly locate safe housing

CLARENDON HILLS, Ill., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's deadliest rash of tornadoes in more than 20 years destroyed some 1,000 homes and killed at least 31 people in Tennessee Tuesday night.

Emergency warnings gave most residents time to head for shelter. But for residents in senior housing, natural disasters bring extra fears. Lack of mobility, limited transportation resources and the need for specialized care are challenges. According to SNAPforSeniors, more than 10,000 seniors live in 97 different senior housing communities in the Memphis and Nashville metropolitan areas--in licensed assisted living, skilled nursing and independent living settings. When disaster strikes and seniors need to move, it takes expertise to give them a soft landing.

A new resource is available through a partnership with SNAPforSeniors and the professionals on the ground who help seniors navigate the relocation process. Members of the National Association of Move Managers (NASMM) assist tens of thousands of seniors and their families with the physical and emotional aspects of moving each year. They are specialists who work with seniors and their caregivers to pack, move, reorganize and settle seniors and their belongings.

This week, NASMM made its Senior Housing Locator available to its membership through its web site, http://www.nasmm.org. The Senior Housing Locator is a navigation tool that allows move managers and their clients to search a current national database of 60,000-plus senior housing facilities by categories such as geographic location, facility name or license type. Using a new mapping tool enabled by SNAPforSeniors through the NASMM Senior Housing Locator, NASMM members can quickly map every facility by distance and license type to speed the search for appropriate placement in a se
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