A new report from ProPublica and The Washington Post has identified 35 incidents of employees posting photos of nursing home residents on social media since 2012. Some of these photos show residents being abused or in compromising situations. While these are 35 cases we know about because they’ve made the news or gone to court, there could be more that have gone unreported.
We hope the issue is not on the rise, but it is best to be proactive and protect your residents and community. To begin with, we recommend you revisit your employee training programs and ensure they adequately address social media privacy. Make sure your employees understand the serious ramifications that could be incurred not only from violating your facility’s policies but also legally from violating HIPAA and other federal and state laws.
The AssuredPartners Senior Living team has partnered with organizations who can assist in reviewing programs and staff training. To learn more, visit AssuredPartners Senior Living.
Sources: McKnight's, ProPublica and The Washington Post