Highlights from a Nursing Home Safety and Security Webinar

Today I conducted a 90 minute webinar hosted by the American Society for Industrial Security, International (ASIS). The webinar title: "Nursing Homes: Six steps to improve safety and security and reduce administrative costs.

Through this presentation, I offered methods, strategies, and tips which enhance safety and security for all who work and reside within nursing homes.

Here is my introduction: 

Everyday, nursing home residents, staff, and visitors are exposed to the risk of violence and criminal activity--within nursing homes. There are two common assumptions about safety and security in nursing homes.

• Residents are safer in a controlled environment such as a nursing home.

• The risks faced by residents are minimal because rigorous and uniform, safety and security procedures are utilized. 

Nursing home administrators rely on preemployment screening to reduce the risk of staff-related criminal activity. However, residents are also at risk from fellow residents who have not been screened or vetted with regard to their potential for violence or criminal conduct. Many nursing homes admit potentially violent individuals who possess documented histories of violence and criminal conduct.

Consequently, elderly, fragile and seriously ill residents are exposed to residents who may be afflicted with mental illness, substance abuse issues, or who possess criminal histories as sex offenders, convicted murderers, theft, etc.

This program is designed to improve safety and security, as well as reduce expenses linked to staff recruiting, training and retention. 

 Additional benefits are achieved by reducing costs tied to thefts, property damage, and replacement. Further benefits are achieved by reducing management time linked to injury assessment, employee discipline matters, and internal investigations. 

This program is divided into six steps:

  1. Interpersonal communication

  2. Background investigations for staff, residents, and others,

  3. Effective internal investigation procedures,

  4. Meaningful physical security countermeasures,

  5. The value of partnering with local law enforcement, and

  6. Using checklists to increase consistency and accuracy. 

     

    In my next post, I'll describe the benefits of each of the six steps.