Earlier this year, the New York Times published an article detailing a $53 million settlement agreed to between an east coast state and the families of the residents who lived in two state-run senior living facilities during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in spring 2020. At the time, the settlement was the first of its kind nationwide for COVID-19 litigation.
Each year, roughly $50 billion is spent on medical costs related to nonfatal fall injuries, and $754 million is spent related to fatal falls.1 These numbers are staggering and do not account for the litigation cost required to defend facilities when negative outcomes occur. Every senior living facility should have a strong and detailed Falls Management Program.
Cyber risk has emerged as one such threat that cuts across all sectors and poses a very real threat to senior living organizations. Today's cyber threat actors favor multiple attack strategies, that is why a comprehensive understanding of your environment with insight into security gaps specific to the organization is so important.
With increased financial pressure and an endless cycle of uncertainty as regulations continue to evolve, many healthcare organizations are looking for ways to reduce employee injury costs, improve patient care and the work environment. Changes in healthcare have resulted in more complex care being delivered within the healthcare community.
The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting significant challenges for many segments of the healthcare industry, including long-term care (LTC) settings such as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs), which deliver clinical and personal care services. Maintaining appropriate staffing in senior living facilities is essential to providing a safe work environment for healthcare personnel (HCP) and safe resident care.
Cyber, cloud computing, cookies, anti-virus, ransomware, malware, breach and hacked... the list goes on and on. Cybersecurity is something that many of us have not heard until recently, let alone dealt with. Yet here we are in a cyber-driven world.