Title: Do board member duties of care, loyalty, and obedience matter in a disaster?

Authors: Abeni El-Amin

Addresses: Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park St, Hays, KS 67601, USA

Abstract: Current disaster examples illuminate shortcomings of for-profit nursing homes in times of crisis. Research indicates non-profit incorporation minimises oversight vulnerabilities due to board obligations to duties of care, loyalty, and obedience. For-profits may be leaner, more proficient, and therefore more adaptable to changing organisational or governmental standards, but benefits associated with non-profit nursing home management more than makeup for associated deficiencies. As nursing home populations are a vulnerable group in disaster situations, recommendations are that for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes establish an advisory committee of stakeholders for disaster preparedness to work in conjunction with the existing crises management team (CMT) of the nursing home; maintain strict adherence to federal and state crisis management plans (CMP) regulations; target, employ, and execute public CMP support strategies; and increased preparedness training of all staff, area, first respondents, residents of capability, and the guardians of residents.

Keywords: nursing home; disaster preparedness; risk mitigation; crisis management plans; CMP.

DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2022.10049717

Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal, 2022 Vol.15 No.2/3/4, pp.268 - 276

Received: 18 Jan 2020
Accepted: 24 Apr 2020

Published online: 16 Sep 2022 *

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