5 Common Risks in Residential Care Facilities

A residential care facility faces numerous risks due to the age and health conditions of residents. Commercial insurance coverage and a comprehensive risk management strategy are vital to managing liabilities and avoiding lawsuits. An effective risk management plan protects the facility, staff and residents.

Understanding the potential dangers in assisted living facilities helps mitigate possible accidents and claims.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Hazards such as wet floors, obstructed walkways, inadequate handrails and low lighting can cause resident falls. Accidents of this type often cause injuries.

Medication Errors

Residents take many medications each day in a residential care facility. If staff improperly administers medications, it might have serious consequences. Errors involving the wrong medicine, dosage, technique or timing can result in tragic mistakes and potential lawsuits.

Transportation Accidents

If a facility provides resident transportation, accidents can occur. Senior citizens present a higher risk because of complex medical needs. They can sustain injuries if a wheelchair is not secured or a staff member is not careful when transferring a resident in and out of the vehicle.

Negligence

If the staff fails to prevent resident harm, lawsuits might arise.

Elopement

If a resident wanders away from the residential care facility, professional liability claims might follow. Having sufficient security and adequately trained staff decrease elopement risk.

Addressing the risks in senior care organizations can provide the needed insight to prevent potential problems.