There has been a lot of talk recently about the unsafe conditions in nursing homes. Unfortunately, there is a pervasive perception that individuals needing intensive care, one of the most vulnerable segments in the population, are not kept in the safest conditions. It is up to nursing facilities themselves to eradicate this misconception. Increasing the safety in care facilities allows you to do that quickly and definitively.
1. Have a Response Plan in Place
Accidents and illnesses will happen. That is part of life for everyone, not just people living in nursing homes. It is what happens after an accident that makes a difference in outcomes. A proper response plan that includes senior living crisis communication best practices will allow you to activate your network, get the help you need and ensure your residents’ needs are addressed in a timely manner.
2. Always Follow Proper Procedures
Take policies and requirements from oversight agencies to heart and implement the strategies and recommendations they offer. This will ensure you are adhering to regulations at every turn. The care for residents will improve, meaning happier, healthier people living in your facility. Your inspection and review scores will increase as well, so you will be better positioned to attract new residents.
3. Use Recommended Safety Equipment
From mobility aids and assistive devices to personal protective equipment, make sure you have more than enough of everything staff could need on hand. A minor disruption in the supply chain or a sudden increase in demand could deplete normal stores quickly. Be prepared with backup suppliers just in case.
4. Isolate Cases of Illness
When a resident gets sick, it is important to implement proper safety and isolation procedures. In the case of shared rooms this is even more critical. Have a plan in place to remove infections residents and isolate them in a separate area df the facility until they are no longer a threat to others.
Develop a plan and make sure all staff members are aware of its protocols. Follow recommendations and established best practices developed by oversight agencies. This will help you improve the safety and operating efficiency of your facility.