Workers in nursing homes face the risk of injury because of the strenuous tasks they’re committed to performing daily. These types of injuries can occur quite often and be the result of the duties and activities inherent to their job. As part of their service to patients, and the facility, they are often faced with having to lift heavy individuals, which can be a lot to bear on their own bodies.
Nursing home workers compensation insurance is not only mandatory for your clients to obtain, but it will provide the necessary financial and medical support those on staff will need if injured on the job and provide them with medical assistance as well as financial compensation during their recuperation and subsequent return to work.
Injuries related to nursing home staff
Musculoskeletal injuries are sometimes the result of slip and fall accidents, which often lead to sprained ankles, torn muscles, and even bruised tendons. Nurses and other caregivers would find it difficult to work with such an injury, plus walking with such a condition will often aggravate the injury and may lead to other issues and concerns. The act of constantly carrying people, at times at awkward angles, can result in back strains, herniated discs, and perhaps even over-extension of muscles, plus there’s the additional risk of creating major back problems and other musculoskeletal concerns.
Exposure to pathogens and other infectious agents
Back and neck injuries aside, there are other acts or actions that can lead to a claim. For example, if a worker accidentally gets stuck with a needle at work. This can lead to a serious infection if a syringe contains viruses, bacteria, or other pathogens, many of which could put that worker at risk for a serious illness. Nurses are also required to handle biological waste, perform work with dangerous medicines, and come into contact with chemicals that can make them nauseous or sick.
Depression and anxiety can develop due to the work
The conditions at many assisted living facilities and nursing homes can result in workers developing emotional problems. Patients dying, or residents constantly screaming demands or suffering from intense pain, coupled with long work hours, a lack of natural sunlight, and even poor eating habits can have a negative impact leading to psychological ailments, including anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
Your clients can only benefit from a staff that is healthy, happy and ready to work, physically and mentally. You can help by adding the valuable protection of nursing home workers compensation coverage to the mix.