The chance to go on ability-appropriate outings with trained support staff is a calendar highlight for many nursing home patients. However, these trips, no matter how short or well planned, can greatly increase risks for nursing home workers and administrators. These tips can help your patients have a great time while staying safe during outings.
Take Time To Plan
Each trip with patients needs to be thoroughly planned, and this can take a lot of time. Leave yourself plenty of it to ensure you don’t miss any important details. Be sure to talk with primary care doctors to check that the trip is suitable for patients. It is also critical to plan adequate staffing levels for supervision and assistance.
Consider Transportation Needs
Accessible transportation is an absolute must during any nursing home outing. This goes beyond the bus you use to travel to and from the facility. You should also consider how patients will get around once at your destination. Ask questions well ahead of time so you can arrange for appropriate accommodations. For example, when you are booking the trip, ask if you will need to bring wheelchairs for residents or are there enough on-site.
Proper planning can help reduce many risks involved with an outing with nursing home patients. However, some will still remain. An appropriate insurance policy can offer an extra layer of protection in case of an accident or injury during your outing.