Preventing Falls in Nursing Homes
Each year, it is estimated that 1 out of 3 adults ages 65 and older falls. Falls are the leading cause of injuries that result in death. In nursing home residents, falls are the leading cause of injury.
Even when the fall does not result in injury, most elderly people who fall develop an acute fear of falling again.
Elderly nursing home residents are at high risk for fall-related injury because along with their aging comes numerous physical changes, including:
- Poor vision
- Certain medications
- Poor balance
- Weak muscles
- Some diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia
- Slower reaction time
Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma among elderly nursing home residents. To reduce the risk of falls, make sure the nursing home implements the following programs:
- Offers a regular exercise program – adapted to each residents’ abilities and condition – to help improve balance, strength, and walking ability.
- Living and public spaces are kept safe by reducing clutter and being kept clear.
- Handrails in living and public areas and grab rails in bathrooms are kept unimpeded and well maintained.
- Nursing home residents are encouraged to wear shoes with good support and with nonslip soles.
- Medical staff reviews all medications to either prevent combinations that cause drowsiness or light-headedness or monitor carefully residents taking such combinations.
If your loved one has suffered from a fall-related injury because of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer at Garcia & Artigliere for a free, no-obligation consultation.