The following is an editorial piece authored by Ron Belville, head of Ron’s Pharmacy Services and Guardian Pharmacy of Anaheim, for McKnight’s Senior Living.

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By Ron Belville

After returning to communities following the devastating California wildfires in 2018, senior living and other long-term care operators throughout the region are having to evacuate staff members and residents once again.

As head of Ron’s Pharmacy Services and Guardian Pharmacy of Anaheim, two LTC pharmacies that assisted communities during the Woolsey Fire a year ago, I worked with our staff and partners to preserve medication access throughout the wildfire evacuation. Many LTC pharmacies, assisted living and memory care communities, and skilled nursing facilities again are struggling to ensure that residents’ medication regimens are not interrupted.

If faced with a similar situation, here are eight keys to keep in mind:

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Ron Belville is president of Ron’s Pharmacy Services and Guardian Pharmacy of Anaheim, both partner pharmacies of Guardian Pharmacy Services, one of the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacy companies.