Implementing Sound Risk Management for Assisted Living Nurses

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The issues of liability when it comes to providing assisted living care for the elderly is certainly a topic for discussion. Tops among those concerns for many facilities are the daily issue of the preventing of falls, which could lead to other, very serious injuries. This outlines the need for risk management for assisted living nurses who spend a large amount of their day caring for, and facilitating many of their elderly residents.

 

The prevention of falls is a serious concern

 

Because quite often, many of those in assisted living facilities are prone to falling, and being injured as a result, it is crucial to determine ways to diminish the potential for falls. Implementing a program specific to this need, and evaluating the results are all crucial in determining an effective way to minimize injuries of those residents likely to experience a fall.

 

Reducing risks with sound recruiting procedures

 

Checking references, and using background checks is important to recruiting procedures as it can help in ensuring that only the highest quality aides from reputable sources are hired, and that their previous behavior in a similar work environment was acceptable. Owners and operators should also routinely check on the quality of care being provided from time to time.

 

Ensuring the health of the staff is equally important

 

All staff should be routinely tested for contagious illnesses, especially nurses who regularly come into contact with residents, because many residents in assisted living communities have compromised immune systems and could easily catch a contagious disease. Implement a strictly adhered to policy regarding the testing of employees of the facility that will help to prevent the passage of any illness to residents.

 

Conducting exit interviews helps to document any issues

 

When employees (or patients) leave, or are removed from the establishment, it is necessary to do an interview in order to garner information in writing that may be used later if a legal case is pursued against the facility for any reason. Unhappy former employees or former residents can significantly damage a facility’s reputation. Discharge and exit interviews help to minimize that risk.

 

There are other risk management concerns for nurses, aides and caregivers, such as food contamination, and dispensing of medication, to name just two. Residents are prone to becoming ill or injured in a number of ways, and the costs can be devastating without the proper procedures in place. Risk management for assisted living nurses should be the cornerstone of any proper insurance program.

 

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