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The Role of an Assisted Living Facility

By brian barrick
October 02, 2013

An assisted living facility carries an enormous amount of responsibility; staff roles there can be highly stressful and take a lot of skill and personal effort to carry out properly. Residents at these homes are often there because they are unable to take care of themselves, and in effect a large part of their lifestyle is relying on those who take care of them to not make any mistakes.

An average resident at an assisted living facility will require round-the-clock care and attention. Check-ups must be made to ensure there are no health issues such as bed sores developing, and occasionally the resident must be given aid in maintaining their personal hygiene.

These requirements mean that the facility plays a massive role in the lives of its residents; this means that staff must be well-trained and prepared for any eventuality. Some care homes need to take extra precautions in safety for residents in order to prevent incidents and any resulting insurance claims.

Residents at these facilities will often have some form of medical requirement that will have to be fulfilled during their stay (Regular doses of medication, for example), In this case it is of utmost importance that staff in charge of this keep detailed records, as missing data will only go against the facility in the event of an incident. Storage and dosage of medicine is another major concern which should be addressed by the available facilities in the care home.

When dealing with a resident who has medical or psychological issues, there is a temptation to put less effort in on the part of the facility. This should be avoided wherever possible, and every measure should be taken to ensure the resident is treated equally to all others, and enjoys the same amenities.

If there is doubt over whether the facility has the capability to handle a certain resident, the best course of action to take would be to discuss the resident’s place with the resident’s family, often people will be understanding and want the best for their relatives.

These steps should help in minimizing the risk of an incident from which a resident could claim; however there is no way to remove the risk completely. It is best to have insurance and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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