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Risk Management Tips for Senior Living Communities this Autumn

  • By:
  • Alliance Insurance Group
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  • Oct. 7th, 2015

From lemonade stands to baseball stadiums, many businesses are affected by the changing of the seasons. Senior living communities are no exception and should consider seasonal risk management as we head into the cooler months.

In cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas, for example, senior living communities need to be very proactive when the summer weather hits. As the temperatures rise to above 118 degrees Fahrenheit, risk mitigation is a high priority.

But in other parts of the country, the fall and winter months pose the greatest threat. Extreme cold, icy sidewalks, and seasonal illness are just a few issues that need to be addressed.

With the cold weather on its way, now is the time for senior living communities in colder climates to be prepared. That said, here are some risk management tips for senior living facilities in the fall and winter months:

1. Slippery sidewalks - Fall and winter means more rain and snow. These, of course, lead to slippery sidewalks. This is a clear liability for seniors who might be prone to falling.

2. Water tracked indoors - Wet and slippery sidewalks often lead to water being tracked indoors. If these areas aren't taken care of immediately, dangerous slips, falls, and breaks can occur.

3. Managing seasonal illnesses - The autumn and winter seasons mean an increase in colds and flus. Flu season is especially dangerous, and it can dramatically increase mortality rates if the virus is spread throughout a community.

4. The holiday blues - Although holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, they can also be a time of increased anxiety and depression for those who are ill or feel isolated. Increased holiday depression is something that needs to be addressed in a proactive manner.

With the potential for multiple liabilities in today's senior living communities, professional risk management is more important than ever.

Alliance Insurance Group offers a full spectrum of risk management services to make sure your loss exposure stays at a minimum and you can focus on what matters most -- a positive and fulfilling experience for your residents and their families. For more information on how risk management insurance can fully protect your business in the coming winter months, contact a representative today.