Top Safety Concerns in Assisted Living Facilities
Presented by The Law Office of George S. Johnson
Many seniors are on multiple medications - greatly increasing the risk of interaction or overdose. The facility should be aware of all medications each resident takes, including both OTC and prescription drugs, and have a highly organized method to store and administer them.
Poorly Maintained Floor Surfaces
Poorly maintained carpet or flooring is a serious fall hazard and can result in serious injury, such as broken bones. Rugs, if used at all, should be properly secured, as seniors often trip on loose rugs or high pile carpets.
Assisted living facilities should have video coverage of the premises, check visitors' photo IDs when they check in, and prevent residents from leaving the facility on their own.
Lack of Accountability
Understaffed and poorly supervised assisted living facilities are breeding grounds for abuse. And neglect can lead to dangerous situations, such as choking. Look to see whether staff members are maintaining their workplace and whether they appear overworked and overstressed.
Clutter in Walking Areas
Walkways in assisted living facilities should be unobstructed at all times. Clutter can cause a resident to fall and suffer a serious injury. Look out for unattended carts, unused wheelchairs and any other debris.
Poor lighting increases the risk of falls and can cause residents to become disoriented. Many older assisted living facilities have outdated lighting that does not allow residents to see well.
Safety Alert Systems
Assisted living residents should be able to call for help at any time. That includes emergency pull strings in bathrooms and call buttons next to every bed.
Protocols for Handling Abuse
Unfortunately, abuse is a risk in any assisted living facility. Before placing a loved one, ask for references and interview administrators to ask how they handle abuse allegations. In addition, check with the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and search for news stories suggesting a history of abuse complaints at the facility you're investigating.
If you suspect a loved one was harmed in a Georgia assisted living facility, contact The Law Office of George S. Johnson.
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