What the obligations for an assisted living community if a resident is injured there?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Assisted living communities should have appropriate security and safety measures in place to prevent injuries from happening. These measures should include but not be limited to: ensuring that floor coverings are properly tacked down to prevent falls; marking bottom steps with recessed lighting or colored tape; maintaining adequate lighting; placing handrails where needed in bathrooms and hallways; using non-skid tapes or coatings on inclined areas; providing safety locks on doors and windows; and having adequate smoke detectors, sprinklers, and fire extinguishers in case of fire; In addition, if the community has a memory care unit, measures should be in place to keep residents with dementia from wandering and to ensure those with aggressive tendencies are not harmful to themselves and others.

    If an injury does occur, the assisted living community is under obligation to provide necessary first aid in the timeliest manner possible and to call for out-of-residence emergency medical services as required. The individual in charge should promptly notify the closest family member or other responsible person designated by the resident. States typically require that a report be filed in writing to the licensing agency for any accident on the premises that requires out-of-residence emergency medical services and/or in-patient hospitalization.

    In the event that a resident feels the community's negligence contributed to his or her injury, the family may wish to consult an attorney for legal advice.