Local special needs help available

Manatee County Special Needs Program provides hurricane evacuation assistance to individuals who have no other alternative.

What you need to know about assistance:

n Pre-registration is critical for patients who require transportation to a special needs shelter. Contact Manatee County Emergency Management, P.O. Box 1000, Bradenton 34206-1000. Phone: 749-3022.

n Registrations must be updated each year.

n If a hurricane threatens Manatee County and you are pre-registered as a eligible Special Needs Client, a representative will call you to confirm your transportation needs.

n A group evacuation of a nursing home, adult living facility or similar facilities, is the responsibility of the facilities’ management, but non-emergency transportation is your responsibility.

n Take contact information for friends and family.

n Residents of assisted living and skilled care facilities could be transported to care facilities in other parts of the state. Caregivers, friends or family members should make sure patients’ records have current contact information.

Special needs eligibility

Any Manatee resident whose physical condition requires special care, but doesn’t require an acute-care setting and who fits into any of the following categories, regardless of age.

n Unable to administer their own frequently required or daily injectable medications.

n Requires frequent or daily dressing changes due to moderate to copious drainage.

n Needs assistance with ostomy management and indwelling catheters.

n Requires frequent assessment of potentially unstable medical conditions.

n Cardiac or respiratory conditions that require special medical equipment such as monitors, oxygen, IPPB machines, etc.

n Terminal illness, non-bedridden, in need of professional assistance in administering heavy doses of pain medication.

n Others deemed necessary by triage team.