For many working in the senior living industry, on-the-job injuries are an all too common occurrence. In assisted living centers, for example, employees may be faced daily with the arduous task of lifting, bending, and twisting in their efforts to help many of the elderly residents perform their daily activities. This type of constant movement can take a toll on the back, even though personnel may be well trained in how to safely work with the elderly.
A strained back can become a serious issue, causing the individual a great deal of pain, as well as resulting in many days of missed work. Assisted living workers compensation insurance will provide relief for you, as an owner, when this situation arises and provide the care needed for the injured worker to get better and hopefully, return to work when they are fit to do so.
When an employee is hurt on the job, as their employer you need to act responsibly to ensure they are cared for, hoping they can come back to work as soon as possible, and that they are fairly compensated while they are injured. While workers' comp programs vary from state to state, they are all designed to meet those goals.
Some claims may go on for a substantial period of time
One of the issues many employers face is the fact that a claim can occur that may last for years. Sometimes a claim that's not very serious can become a problem. For example, a claim of one sort might develop into something different and need to be moved to another adjuster's area of responsibility. When something like this occurs, it is in your best interest as the employer to have the case managers follow the flow of the client's claim, from the onset of the injury to final resolution.
A return-to-work program can also aid in recovery
While returning to work has been deemed a great motivating factor for someone recovering from an injury, the recovering worker may not want to do it because the pain is still an issue. You may not want to lose a vital member of your staff and feel that staying home may cause he/she to suffer depression, or other symptoms associated with inactivity.
The insurance company may side with you and suggest light-duty things that the employee can do without hurting him or herself. The idea is for the employee to return to work in any capacity in order for the employee to feel, both needed, and a sense of self-worth.
Providing the proper assisted living workers compensation coverage is your legal obligation. Providing reassurance is something that most human beings need in order to get back to both, a physical and mentally fit state of being.