Assisted Living Risk Management

Author – Cyndi Siders, RN, MSN, CPHRM, DFASHRM, CPPS

“Recognizing and Reducing Risk”

Assisted Living Facilities Are Making Front Page Headline News. Key Risk and Safety Issues include but are not limited to: fall injury; skin injury; elopement; abuse and neglect; social media exposure; staffing, staff competency, resident smoking risk, transportation risk; unrecognized change in condition; medication polypharmacy, psychotropic medications and pain medications; residents whose needs exceed the service capability of the facility and failure to provide a safe environment.

April 4, 2018 Twin Cities Pioneer Press

A woman approached her mother’s apartment in a Minnesota senior living community to find “multiple packages and two newspapers outside the door. Her mother’s bed and bathroom looked as if they hadn’t been used in days. Medication for the past two days had not been taken, and her mother was wearing the same clothing she’d been in two days earlier.” The resident, 92, “was dead, and most likely had been for two days”

According to allegations in a Minnesota State Health Department Report, the staff had neglected to check on the resident for two days.

Source – Chavey, S. State faults Eagan assisted living facility after resident’s body apparently not discovered for 2 days. https://www.twincities.com/2018/04/03/state-faults-eagan-assisted-living-facility-after-resident-found-dead/ [April 4, 2018]

Additional Topics:

RESIDENT SELECTION

ADMISSION AGREEMENT

CHANGE IN CONDITION

SAFETY STATUS

SAFETY CHECKS

DOCUMENTATION

MEDICATION SAFETY

SOCIAL MEDIA

SMOKING AGREEMENTS

SCOOTERS AND MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIRS

TRANSPORTATION VAN SAFETY

ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY

REGULATORY AND LICENSURE COMPLIANCE