Hip Protectors, Risk Management and Nursing Home Coverage

Your company provides services to the elderly and as such has a lot of potential exposures to consider. A sound risk management program is vital to you as a nursing home facilitator in order to reduce the possibility of claims stemming from injuries, claims of mistreatment, theft, or other crimes that may be committed by persons on the premises. Keeping your patients safe from injury should be your number one priority. This should be balanced with sustaining the highest levels of clinical care, but you also need to realize that the need to protect patients from harm of any sort is very important from a financial point of view.

In addition to the probable financial impact this may bear there is the also likelihood of tarnishing your reputation in what is known to be a highly competitive environment. Any loss of faith in you as a provider can be quite devastating and proper nursing home coverage is needed to help protect your interests as well as the interests of your clients and their families.

Hip fractures are a common concern among the elderly

Safety is especially important when dealing with individuals of a certain age. Hip fractures often result from fall-related injuries in nursing homes. The prevention of hip fractures can be a rather critical challenge and because of the limited success of dealing with falls associated with hip injuries, and many facilities are increasingly turning to fracture prevention strategies that include the use of hip protectors.

With this being just one of your concerns, and given the overall economic challenges of managing long-term care facilities, a rigorous safety program and extensive safety training for all nurses and caregivers shall help to reduce the number of incidents, including fall-related injuries, and in particular hip fractures, in the nursing home environment.

Such programs have shown a decrease in litigation cases against facilities. As a result, a growing number of long-term care facilities consider the use of hip protectors as the best defense against hip fractures and thus an essential component of their care for residents at risk for hip fractures. This type of risk management in nursing homes can provide greater security for owners and their residents as well. Having nursing home coverage will help deal with any claims that do arise from incidents that still may occur.

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