Nursing Homes Failing to Prevent Falls

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1,800 nursing home residents die each year from fall-related injuries. A nursing home with 100 beds will report between 100 and 200 falls yearly. And that does not include the many falls that go unreported. Falls can be deadly to an elderly person, and between 2 and 6% of falls result in fracture. There are many causes for nursing home falls, including: Muscle weakness Facility hazards (i.e. wet floors, low lighting, lack of hand rails, defunct wheel chairs, improper bed height) Chemical restraints (sedatives, anxiety medication, pain medication) Moving from bed to chair and vice … [Read more...]