One of the most difficult decisions you will make is to help an elderly loved one move to a nursing home or other assisted care facility. And the last thing that you would ever imagine is that they would experience negligence or abuse there.
But too often many of these facilities have fallen below established federal standards for care and safety. It's a fact that 33% of nursing homes in the U.S. have been cited for violating these standards, according to NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org. Many of these citations included instances of neglect and abuse that caused unnecessary accidents, illness and death to residents.
Nursing Home Slip and Fall Accidents Occur Frequently
By far, the most frequent preventable reason that causes nursing home residents to visit a hospital emergency room is after being injured in a slip and fall. According to NursingHomeAbuseCenter.org, a nursing home with about 100 rooms will report between 100 and 200 falls every year. Undoubtedly there are many more that never get reported.
Here is another sobering statistic: 75% of nursing home residents experience a fall every year, a number that is twice as high as for those elderly who fall outside of these facilities.
Nursing home residents are prone to falls because they are older and in poor health, with muscle weakness and balance problems. Nursing home falls may result in serious injury including:
- Head injury with concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Brain bleeding
- Fracture of the hip, pelvis, femur or skull
Can Nursing Home Accidents Be Prevented?
Many resident falls can be prevented with proper protocols and vigilant management to oversee staff. Nursing home staff must be focused at all times on their residents, especially those with physical disabilities, memory issues and dementia.
Residents must be supplied with appropriate footwear and walking aids. The facility must act quickly to remedy hazards like spills, debris, slippery floors and poor lighting. Bed safety rails should be checked frequently.
An Injury from a Fall Can Act as a Warning Signal of Nursing Home Neglect
Family and friends of a resident can help by being observant to the condition of their loved one. Look for any visible injuries and ask the resident as well as the staff if they have experienced a fall. Residents who may injure themselves can be equipped with a loud alarm to alert the staff when they try to get up out of bed or a chair without help.
Relay any concerns to the nursing home facility manager. If their action is unsatisfactory, contact your local Adult Protective Services agency via the National Council on Aging at 800-677-1116.
Let Us Help if Your Loved One Has Been Injured in a Nursing Home Accident
If you or a family member has been injured in a slip and fall including an injury at a nursing home or has been harmed in any type of personal injury, or needs help with any employment discrimination or family law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Paul S. Foreman, P.C. immediately. We have the right experience to get the optimal results for your case. Please call us for a free consultation. Attorney Paul S. Foreman, personal injury attorney in Essex County, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 973-315-3232 or contact us via the website.