Reducing Workers Comp Claims at Independent Living Facilities

Most owners of independent living facilities realize how hard it is to hire and retain good employees. After all, these are the people you trust with the care of your residents, and the last thing you need is to hire the wrong type of person for this often daunting and difficult job. With the rise in costs for independent living facilities workers comp coverage, it is important to keep claims to a minimum, as this is essential to the success of this type of business.

The interview process can help rule out undesirable candidates

By developing good hiring techniques you can determine whether a person is truly a good match for this type of work, or any position with your company. Take the time to review all resumes, verify education and previous employment, and always check references prior to the interview, when possible. You certainly should inquire about any gaps in employment history that may set off red flags.

You can also find out a lot about a candidate’s work ethic asking open-ended questions concerning their attendance record with past employers. This can greatly help you in determining how dependable they may or may not be. Obtain any information available on any previous job-related injuries, as well as the results.

All workers should attend an orientation and training program that should aid in reducing work-related injuries. Investing in safety training will often reduce workers comp costs. When employees feel that the company strives to create an atmosphere of safety it often leads to increased morale, fewer injuries and illnesses, and less absenteeism.

Employers can also benefit from a wellness program. After all, healthy employees are less likely to be absent and more likely to perform well when they are physically fit. In the event of a workplace injury, have procedures and rules in place to deal with the situation properly. Implementing these things in the workplace can go a long way towards reducing independent living facilities workers comp claims.

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