Elderly Americans face a variety of health concerns. Often, nursing home facilities help to keep these individuals as healthy as possible. However, as this blog has discussed in the past, there can be many dangers for nursing home residents. One of the largest dangers comes from the risk of a fall.
Falls in nursing homes can easily lead to serious injuries and even death. Nursing home injuries need to be taken seriously because of the potential dangers to elderly patients. Many cannot recover from even minor accidents. So, how can falls be prevented in nursing homes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are many precautions that can be taken in nursing homes to help prevent falls. Precautions can be taken with individual residents. The nursing home should evaluate the fall risk for each person in its care. By evaluating the risk, the facility can try to treat any conditions that may increase a person's risk of a fall. The facility can also examine whether a person's medications increase the likelihood that a fall will occur. If possible, these medications can be minimized.
The facility itself can also make changes in order to help prevent falls. First, the facility can make environmental changes that make it easier for residents to get around safely. These include raising toilet seat height, lowering bed height, using guard rails and hand rails and using grab bars. Next, the facility can ensure that staff are properly trained. With this training, people can recognize fall risks and implement prevention protocol. Finally, the nursing home can create programs to keep residents physically active to improve flexibility and strength.
Hopefully, all Pennsylvania nursing homes take fall prevention seriously to help prevent accidents and injuries. If they do not, families may need to consider getting specific legal advice from an attorney following a nursing home injury or death.