Simple Ways to Prevent Nursing Home Falls
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on June 10, 2015 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights
Falls among the elderly account for about 1,800 deaths every year and statistics show that the issue is more common in nursing homes.
Nursing home residents are often more prone to dangerous falls because of the frailty of the population, often resulting in severe injury and even death. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a fall while in a nursing home, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering and medical expenses.
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Although only five percent of the elder population resides in nursing homes, falls in assisted living facilities make up 20 percent of all nationwide falls and these falls are often easily preventable.
Factors that often contribute to falls include:
- Medications that contribute to poor balance. Some medications may increase the risk for falls because of side effects like dizziness, fatigue and muscle weakness. Doctors should evaluate a patients medications to find alternatives with less side effects.
- Environmental dangers often increase the risk for falls. Between 16 and 27 percent of falls in nursing homes are the result of environmental hazards. Residents are more likely to trip in a nursing home than at home, so nurses should be aware of potential hazards.
- Atrophy from lack of movement can weaken muscles. Many nursing homes may inadvertently promote atrophy by limiting the activity that patients participate in, when actually activity can aid in stronger muscles and patients who are more confident in their physical abilities.
- Pushing a patient too far during exercise. While some exercise is encouraged for muscle strength, nursing home staff should be cognizant of not pushing the patient too far or too much.
By maintaining an awareness of patients medication, their surroundings and additional circumstances, nursing homes can easily prevent falls among residents.
Unfortunately, not all facilities put in the time and effort to monitor patients so closely, which is why the number of elderly falls is so high in nursing homes.
If you or a loved one has fallen in a nursing home and sustained injuries, you may have a case against your facility. Call our experienced team of nursing home abuse lawyers today to discuss your circumstances. Our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you get the justice you deserve.