Looking for Care Home Insurance?
All health and social care businesses need insurance cover. Running a care home efficiently and responsibly is not possible without care home insurance. What types of cover should be part of your care home insurance cover? This will vary from business to business but below are just some of the most popular and in some instances compulsory types to consider:
Employer’s Liability Insurance
Employer’s liability insurance is not a choice for any care home business that has even a single employee. It covers you as the owner against legal action or claims made by employees and ex-employees relating to accidents and injuries in the workplace. Compensation claims can be very expensive. UK law requires all businesses to have employers’ liability insurance to avoid costly fines and penalties.
Medical Malpractice Insurance
Less common but a consideration for care environments. Nursing and medical care involves judgement and it is possible a resident or their family may disagree with your judgement. If they choose to make a claim on this basis and claim there has been medical malpractice, you will want specialist support to protect your business and your staff.
Buildings and Contents Insurance
If you own your care home premises, then you need to ensure you have the appropriate business and contents insurance for it. The contents insurance covers the fixtures and fittings, as well as furniture, office equipment and any specialist stock. Contents insurance will also cover medication and medical equipment.
Public Liability Insurance
Public liability insurance is a key element of nearly every insurance policy. It protects your business should a third party, such as a resident or one of their family members, take legal action against your business. This could be because of an accident or injury or due to damage to their property. In a care home environment there are many people coming in and out regularly, raising the risk of accident and injury.