Preventing and addressing senior fall risks is an issue that all assisted living facilities have to contend with at some point. Falls can be dangerous for residents and can cause legal and financial troubles for the facility, so it’s important to mitigate this risk as effectively as possible.
Build Safety Into the Facility and Review Risks With Residents
Taking safety precautions within the facility is essential to preventing falls. You may want to review potential obstacles and safety hazards and find a way to modify or remove them entirely. Common hazards at assisted living facilities include:
- Poor room lighting
- Slippery or slick surfaces
- Objects cluttering pathways
- Rugs that could slip out of place
Once you’ve ensured the facility is physically as safe as possible, make sure you regularly review potential fall risks with residents. That way, all residents will be fully informed.
Ensure the Facility Has Adequate Risk Management Insurance
Even in the best-kept facilities, it’s impossible to guarantee that no residents will suffer a fall. For that reason, it’s important to make sure the facility both provides necessary medical care to residents and has adequate risk management insurance to avoid potential financial or legal issues.
Senior fall risks in assisted living facilities are unfortunately common, but facilities can help prevent falls by taking a few key safety steps. Review the physical safety of your facility, provide extra information to residents and consider getting risk management insurance to do your part.