When you fall, you might suffer a few bruises or possibly some broken bones. When an elderly person falls, the outcome is far more catastrophic.
Nursing home falls are a big problem
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, “one in every three adults age 65 or older will fall and two million will be treated in an emergency department for injuries caused by falls.” The CDC reported in 2008 that an average nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls annually. Even worse, every year approximately 1,800 individuals living in nursing homes die as a result of fall-related injuries.
Falls and nursing home neglect
Falls can occur just about anywhere, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. While not every fall is considered nursing home neglect in Virginia, some cases do fall into that category.
Nursing homes are frequently understaffed, causing the neglect of countless residents. These individuals become one of many who need the attention of the nursing home staff, but fail to receive it. Sadly, the ones who need the highest amount of attention, such as those suffering from dementia or other conditions, are often neglected the most.
There are things that can be done to prevent nursing home falls, according to the CDC, including:
Educating the nursing staff on fall prevention.
Reviewing the patient’s level of fall risk.
Treating a medical condition that could lead to a fall.
Modifying the patient’s environment to make it easier to move around.
Using an alarm to notify the staff when a patient has gotten out of bed unassisted.
If your loved one fell in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you need to speak with an experienced Virginia nursing home neglect lawyer. For more information, contact our office at 703.584.7277.