Falls in Nursing Homes
Falls are not as much of a concern for younger people, but for the elderly falls can have disastrous consequences. Even mild falls can have dangerous consequences. For example, elderly bones are often brittle, meaning that falls can result in debilitating injuries such as a broken hip.
More than half to three-quarters of nursing home residents will fall each year. This is twice the rate for elderly persons living in their homes. Indeed, these statistics fail to account for the fact that nursing home falls are underreported. On top of all this, more than 1,800 nursing home residents die from fall-related injuries.
The worst part is that most falls in nursing homes are preventable. The difference between safe passage and disaster is a staff member exercising reasonable caution. However, too often the desire of caregivers to do something quickly rather than safely ends in a preventable injury. In cases like these, the negligence of nursing home staff can have life-altering consequences for the elderly and their family.
Other times, neglect is the reason for falls. For instance, residents may attempt to perform a task which staff should handle, and if not monitored, may fall because of a change in medication or medical condition.
No matter what the reason for a preventable fall is, it is unacceptable. Loved ones deserve the highest standard of care and should never be denied that care because of carelessness or neglect of nursing home staff.
If your loved one has suffered serious injury or death as a result of a fall in a nursing home we encourage you to contact us. You deserve the opportunity to recover for the damages the nursing home has caused you.
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