Nursing Home Falls
Many nursing home residences are of advanced age and in delicate conditions. The slightest injury can have catastrophic consequences, especially one caused by a fall. Hip fractures and death can occur, traumatizing a family that placed its trust in the facility’s staff. A tragic situation only becomes worse when the nursing home fails to prevent serious falls or refuses to take responsibility following the accident. A fall assessment must be done on admission and whenever changes occur.
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Nursing homes can take proactive steps to ensure the safety of their residents. Trust has been placed in the facility and staff to protect them from injuries. After assessing a resident’s risk of falling, they can make the decision to place him or her in a room closer to the nurse’s station. In all rooms, call buttons and bed alarms are necessary to warn staff of any wandering that could lead to falls. Family members should be kept in the loop as well about the risks their loved one faces.
Nursing home falls can result from the following:
- Mobility issues suffered by the resident
- Increased use of sedatives or other prescription drugs
- Movement from a bed to the wheelchair to the bathroom
- Slippery floors and poor lighting
- Beds set at a height considered dangerous if a fall occurs
Communication within the facility regarding residents at risk of falls increases awareness and resident safety. Attentive patient care can mean the difference between a safe and hazardous environment. Efficient responses to call buttons deter residents from taking matters into their own hands.
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