Should Background Checks be Required for Potential Nursing Home Residents?

Nursing Homes Insurance

Background checks on potential employees have long been the standard in pretty much every industry, especially those that deal with children or the elderly. However, for nursing homes throughout the country, these kinds of checks are becoming seemingly more necessary for residents as well.


While a nursing homes insurance policy would hopefully be covering a facility to protect it from any unfortunate incidents that occur, it is important that owners of these facilities begin to move in the direction of requiring everyone at the nursing home to take part in a background check before they are allowed to reside or work in the home on a long-term basis.


These background checks are important for several reasons that could have serious ramifications on nursing home owners and can result in lawsuits, unsafe environments for other residents and employees, and a loss of monthly rent payments from unchecked residents who might have a poor credit history.


Recently, there was an incident at a nursing home in California where a resident with a past criminal conviction for selling meth was admitted to a nursing home and proceeded to continue to operate by setting up a small meth lab in his apartment. This eventually led to his arrest.


However, in cases like this, it is possible that the nursing home could be held liable for allowing illegal drugs to be made on the premises, which, even with nursing homes insurance, could lead to significant financial loss, as well as the creation of a negative reputation as a business and living facility.


Another reason to conduct background checks before allowing a resident to move in is because of the difficulty of evicting a resident after they have established residency. In another recent incident, residents were admitted to a nursing home facility without a background check and were later found to have previously been arrested for selling prescription oxycodone. However, the owner was unable to do anything about their residency because the move-in agreements at the facility did not allow her to evict them from the facility.


Because background checks typically cost less than $25 per person, it seems like an easy way to alert owners to potential future problems with a resident if admitted to the facility and to save the potential thousands of dollars that could be lost by the consequences of those future problems.


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