In recent years, it seems more and more families are choosing to move elderly family members in with a relative rather than into a nursing home or assisted living facility when they can no longer live on their own. Elderly family members often still need extra assistance when relatives are at work, which has led to the increase in enrollment at adult day care facilities.
Adult day care facilities can provide not only medical and health services, such as therapies and medication administration, but also social activities, meals and other events designed for senior citizens. With the variety of services an adult day care facility can offer comes a range of risks for both participants and employees. Here are some of the most common risks.
- Slip, trip, and fall incidents
- Mistakenly administering the wrong medication
- Food poisoning
Like any other care facility, an adult day care facility must take all the necessary steps to reduce risk and make their facility a safe and healthy environment. This can include allowing only licensed medical personnel to administer medication or making sure all food meets certain cooking and storing standards to prevent foodborne illnesses.
Other steps may sound simple but are no less important. For example, encouraging participants and employees to diligently wash hands, especially during cold and flu season, in order to prevent the spread of illnesses. Another example is making sure foods are cut into small, easy-to-swallow pieces before serving to participants in order to reduce the risk of choking.
Adult day care facilities must do everything possible to reduce risks for participant and employee health and safety. In addition to what we’ve shared above, it’s important that your facility is backed by all the right forms of insurance, including general liability and workers’ compensation. Contact Lamb Financial Group today at 1-866-481-5262 to learn more about how we can help you find the right policies for your organization or facility’s unique risks and exposures.