Increasing Safety, Managing Risk
Contemporary Long Term Care: Senior Living Safety (06/01) Vol. 24, No. 6 p.16; Long, Rachel

Nursing homes and assisted living homes should implement elder care risk management programs that examine physical risks, potential risks, and the quality of treatment received by residents. Elder care risk management programs should include quality assurance and safety assessment committees that meet at least on a monthly basis and should have representatives from the home's staff, the residents, the providers, and executives. All staff, whether they are nurses or housekeepers, should be educated about minor symptoms of bedsores and other discomforts or ailments to ensure quality care. All staff should undergo and complete an intense orientation and training course and be paired up with a buddy for at least 90 days. In addition, resident complaints should be treated seriously whether the resident has Alzheimer's or not, because safety and care risks are a serious liability.

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