The aging Baby Boomer generation has spurred rapid growth in home healthcare. Receiving treatment in a patient’s own home is now more popular than ever, but it also poses risks to both patients and caregivers. Here are the most prevalent home health risks — and strategies to help mitigate them.
Establishing a risk-management plan
Communicating a robust risk-management plan to all employees can help mitigate the risk of liability claims. An effective plan can be established using these eight steps:
- Conduct an agency assessment to identify all areas of risk.
- Analyze each identified risk for level of severity.
- Examine mitigation processes to help remove or reduce risk.
- Select the most appropriate method to manage the risk.
- Implement the chosen risk mitigation technique.
- Communicate the plan to all employees.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of each technique.
- Make changes as necessary.
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