Best Practices for Private Home Health Care Aides in Senior Living Communities

Denise GillinRisk Management, Senior Living

By David Thurber, J.D. for AssuredPartners

In the senior living space, the question of home health care aides being utilized at a care facility is one that is certain to come up. There are many factors to consider when deciding how to go about interacting with this additional service for residents that it can become overwhelming.

The paramount question at hand is how best to respond to the resident’s desire for this type of outside help, and yet carefully manage the safety and actual or potential liability of the senior living community for errant third-party care, advice, direction, or behavior. And additionally, the community’s role in integrating the third-party’s information, advice, and direction into their responsibility to provide care and how much (if at all) of this they will decide to integrate. You can see the need for a thoughtful approach to these questions as you balance these operational and care issues with the responsibility and liability for how you choose to act.

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