Health care providers often come under fire due to claims of negligence or abuse, which means that they face some difficult challenges when it comes to addressing such claims. While they strive to hire only the best and most conscientious employees, even with the best screening procedures, workers deemed competent and able to deal with difficult situations may become overwhelmed and may, in turn, take their frustrations out on defenseless individuals that may also be the cause of their angst.
Operating a nursing home facility comes with serious risks of all types. Being responsible for other people’s lives and well-being can be quite daunting. Of course, many patients are grateful to be surrounded by others, as opposed to being lonely or alone and glad for the help and companionship, which can be very rewarding. However, claims of negligence can be devastating and have an effect on every aspect of your business, including nursing home costs.
The consequences of accusations of negligence
Workers face a significant exposure in that they may be found liable if they are negligent in performing their care giving duties, including leaving a patient unattended for extended periods of time. This could create health risks or other problems, including bedsores and dehydration, which could have a long-term negative impact. A worker may also be found liable for negligence by creating hazardous conditions. Owners must diligently monitor these areas and ensure that the quality of care is up to their expectations and meet both health codes and industry standards.
When dealing with life and death situations, which may be the case, being alert and present at all times can make a substantial difference. Even in a small practice emergencies can happen. Extremely fragile or ill patients can have problems in the spur of the moment, and therefore staff members have to be prepared and make proper decisions. However, in these situations there is always risk, and claims of negligence, malpractice, and even wrongful death complaints will likely result in lawsuits.
Employee safety is another important consideration
Taking care of others can be difficult work. Having to carry or move heavy patients, helping people with seizures, or patients experiencing trauma can have physical consequences to those in charge of providing care. Employers need to develop good policies and safety procedures and lengths should be taken to ensure the mental and physical health of your workers is not at risk. Providing a safe work environment and keeping your facility properly staffed can help you to reduce nursing home costs.