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Safe Vehicle Practices for Assisted Living Communities

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Jan 7, 2014 1:46:00 PM

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Safe Vehicles and Good Driving Practices

In an assisted living community, nothing is more important than the safety of the residents in their care.  These individuals and their families entrust the community to maintain a level of service that is second to none.  All assisted living communities take major steps to ensure the safety of their residents within the confines of the establishment by capable staff, but what steps are being taken to ensure the safety of the residents when they must be moved by on-site vehicles? 

Safe driving practices begin the moment a vehicle is selected.  The unique needs of most assisted living communities require careful consideration of the vehicle to ensure that it capably performs all of the functions that might be required.  How many vehicles need to be wheelchair accessible?  Which types of wheelchair tiedowns and occupant restraint systems should be utilized?  Do your vehicles meet the ADA requirements, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and Altoona tests for larger vehicles?  Having experts evaluate each one of your vehicle procurement practices can significantly enhance your safety credentials as well as aid in maintaining cost-effective strategies. 

Safe driving standards continue with driver hiring and training.  Proper driver selection and training has a large effect on maintaining safety goals as well as getting the full use out of your vehicles.  Drivers should be thoroughly acquainted with the duties of the job, have no history of driving-related incidents, and be knowledgeable of local safety regulations.  It is also important that you, as an administrator, regularly host driver safety meetings in order to ensure that your drivers understand their responsibilities.  This can also play a large role in maintaining a culture of safety throughout your community.  Besides the role these efforts can play in mitigating accidents and promoting high safety standards, proper driver hiring and regular meetings can ensure that your drivers are following good maintenance strategies.  The number one reason vehicles need to be replaced earlier than they should is due to poor driver maintenance behaviors, often regarding something as small as regular oil changes.  Meetings and contact with your vehicle expert can significantly cut down on these types of behaviors.

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