Top security concerns of assisted care facilities

January 25, 2019

The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) has issued new guidance to help assisted care facilities respond to violence and security issues, according to an article on the Campus Safety website.

A 2010 study found nurses who worked in nursing homes with special Alzheimer units were at a higher risk with 35 percent reporting physical injuries resulting from aggression by residents and 12 percent reporting a human bite within the previous 12 months while working at their current facility.

A survey conducted by IAHSS asked security directors and managers of these type of facilities what their top safety concerns were. The top four include:

• Resident aggression/violence

• Public aggression/violence

• Theft from residents and staff

• Elopement/wandering

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