Hello Denise Neal,
If your waiver is too complicated for the staff, maybe they can find someone else to read it for them. Good for you, make sure to get the waivers signed. Remember that simpler is not always better and you know your job; so, remain professional. This is a liability issue that you need to handle properly; therefore, stick with what you have.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I would suggest take a few minutes and explain to the staff at the facility why this needs to be done. It is a requirement to protect you from undue legal complications if an incident occurs. It also establishes you as a professional. Remind them that they had paperwork that was required to reside in the facility. That is to protect the facility.
Your waiver is no different.
Thank you for taking time to answer my question. I gave them my standard waiver and the staff said it was too complicated and wanted something simplier. They said their former trainer didn’t even use a waiver! No way I’m going to do that. Not sure what I’ll do, I was was just looking into a more basic waiver but I really want to stick with the one I have.
Thank you again!
Hi Denise, I agree with Natalie that you should have each individual sign the waiver. And that if the resident is unable to sign, only a legal family member or designated power of attorney/guardian can sign it. Family-hired caregivers and staff of the community cannot sign legal documents for residents. In our community, we obtain a signed physician’t release to exercise form from all fitness participants prior to any personalized training. We also require a waiver form to be signed by a resident or legal responsible party. I am assuming you are an independent contractor? Our company waiver form is extensive, 2 pages. If your community already has a fitness program in place they may have a waiver form that you can use or use as an example of yours. If they do not have a form, they may consider having their attorneys consult on developing a company fitness program waiver form. That may be a lot for you to get done prior to starting your class, in which case, I would suggest using the form you currently have and asking for help from the community in having residents sign it.
I have staff, independent contractors and volunteers working in our fitness program. All are covered by our company waiver, however idc’s and some volunteers depending on their job must provide proof of liability insurance. Hope this is helpful.
Get those folks fit!
Sr.Fitness Program Coordinator
Seacrest Village Retirement Communities