Protecting Staff with Nursing Home Workers Compensation Coverage
Workers in nursing homes face the risk of injury because of the often-strenuous duties and tasks they must perform on a daily basis. These injuries can be the result of several activities they perform in their regular service to your patients and your facility. Nursing home workers compensation insurance is not only mandatory, but it will provide the financial and medical support these injured individuals will need during their recuperation and subsequent return to work.
Types of injuries common to nursing home staff
- Musculoskeletal injuries
Freshly mopped floors are responsible for most slip and fall accidents and can lead to sprained ankles, torn muscles, and even bruised tendons. Nurses and other caregivers constantly have to carry people (and sometimes objects) at awkward angles and these acts can also result in sprains, strains, herniated discs, and over extension, plus the additional risk for back problems, slip and fall injuries, and other musculoskeletal problems.
- Exposure to pathogens and other infectious agents
The American Nursing Association estimates that nearly two out of three nurses report getting stuck with needles at work. The concern here is the possibility that a syringe may contain viruses, bacteria, or other pathogens, many of which could put that nurse at risk for serious illness. Nurses also handle biological waste as well as perform work with dangerous medicines and chemicals.
- Depression, anxiety, and other psychological issues
Due to the often-chaotic conditions at many assisted living facilities and hospitals some workers develop emotional problems. This can be due in part to the long hours, a lack of natural sunlight, and even poor eating habits, all of which can produce a rash of psychological ailments, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and even problems sleeping.
You need a staff that is healthy, happy and ready to work, both physically and mentally. You also need the valuable protection of nursing home workers compensation to aid them when a serious problem develops.