Nursing Home Falls
NATIONAL NURSING HOME FALL ATTORNEYS
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,800 nursing home residents die from fall-related injuries every year, and those who survive often suffer debilitating injuries from which they never fully recover. Nursing home falls are common because residents are typically older and have difficulty walking due to muscle and bone density loss, medication side effects, poor vision, and gait problems. However, nursing home falls are often preventable if employees take the proper steps to supervise and protect residents under their care.
Injuries from falls account for roughly 36 percent of potentially preventable visits to the hospital emergency room by nursing home patients. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nursing home falls frequently go unreported. Despite the lack of accurate nursing home fall data, the CDC still receives between 100 and 200 reports of nursing home falls each year from average-sized nursing homes. A nursing home of average size, as defined by the CDC, has approximately 100 beds for elder residents.
Nursing home falls frequently cause a disability, functional decline, reduced independence, and reduced quality of life for an elderly person. Patients with a fear of nursing home falls may also experience feelings of helplessness, loss of function, depression, anxiety, and social isolation. It is important to take precautions, both in and out of a nursing home facility, to prevent elderly falls, fractures, and injury.
The CDC reports that falls occur more frequently among nursing home patients than elderly citizens living in the community. This may be partially due to the fact that nursing home patients typically have extenuating medical conditions, which forced them to move into the nursing facility prior to the fall. Nursing home patients may be older or less mobile than elderly persons living in the community. Residents of nursing homes may also experience severe problems with cognitive ability, chronic diseases, and an inability to perform daily tasks.
Nursing Home Fall Prevention
Nursing home staff plays an important role in protecting the safety of residents as they move about the facility. When a patient is admitted into a nursing home, staff must assess his or her risks for falls and identify and implement interventions to address these risks. Reassessments should occur after any fall or change in medical condition. Residents at risk should be monitored closely and receive assistance with transfers to prevent them from falling. Bed rails, non-skid footwear, appropriate armchair with wheels locked at the bedside, walkers and canes can be used to help prevent falls.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
When nursing homes fail to implement proper precautions to address a resident’s risk for falls, and the resident is injured, family members should take action. Although some falls are unavoidable, oftentimes falls in nursing homes are a sign of nursing home negligence. We have handled many cases where residents have suffered serious injuries as a result of under-staffing in long-term care facilities. When staff cannot properly supervise monitor residents, fall-related injuries are more likely to occur.
If you believe that a loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse you should take action quickly and contact us online or call us at 866-802-9571 to set up a free consultation.
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