Preventing Nursing Home Negligence

Preventing Nursing Home Neglience

While care and compassion may drive the nursing home industry, it comes with many challenges that may lead to cases of nursing home negligence. The complex nature of the industry makes it necessary to have insurance, but it is also important to understand the types of neglect and incorporate ways to minimize the opportunity for them to happen.

Types of Neglect

There are three general types of neglect: medical, social/emotional and basic needs. The first is when a staff member does not meet a resident’s needs, such as missing a scheduled medication, improper treatment of existing health issues, failure to report illness or infection, and lack of movement for patients facing mobility issues. Social neglect happens when interactions aren’t happening, which may include accidental isolation or failure to provide mobility equipment. Basic needs not being met may look like no regular clothing or bedding changes, improper bathing, or not ensuring food and water is safe.

Risk Management Tips

While every facility may strive to ensure none of the above happen, ensuring that is the case requires diligence and a plan to minimize potential risks. Potential ways to do that include doing thorough background checks of potential employees, properly training all staff, establishing strict reporting procedures regarding any signs of neglect, and making care plans flexible and in-tune with the unique individuals being cared for.