Caring for elderly patients who have mental illness can be challenging. Yet, when long-term care facilities are prepared, these patients can safely receive the attention they need. Here are three pitfalls to avoid when providing mental healthcare in nursing homes.
Circumvent Potential Liability Issues
Facilities with severe mental illness patients should look outside using powerful psychotropic medications. This may potentially reduce the likelihood of any harsh liability issues. Sadly, when “chemical restraint” is enforced, this generally leaves the door open for expensive lawsuits and other citations that could harm your business.
Purchase Comprehensive Nursing Home Insurance
Elderly patients who have severe mental illness may also present additional risks to care facilities. This is why purchasing comprehensive nursing home insurance is crucial to mitigating the costs of such risks. When proper coverage solutions are in place, problems associated with mental health in nursing homes can improve and even protect both patients and staff members.
Manage Patient Populations Effectively
When facilities effectively manage patient populations, they are less likely to encounter issues protecting staff, patients and company assets. Additionally, nursing homes with a proper patient-to-staff ratio are more likely to provide compassionate and safe care.
You can protect individuals and company assets when the environment within your facility encourages healthy care practices. Having an effective insurance policy in place and managing patient population can also prevent unnecessary issues.