Falls are common among the older population and account for many visits to the emergency room (ER). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, approximately three million older people are treated in the ER for fall-related injuries. Falls are not only painful, but they put an older individual’s life at risk and increase their chances of falling again, according to the CDC.
What makes an older adult more prone to falling?
Older adults are likely to fall when one or more of the following conditions exist:
- They experience weakness in their lower body.
- They have a vitamin D deficiency.
- They have difficulty walking and aren’t well balanced.
- They take medication that impacts their physical abilities.
- They have problems with their vision
- They suffer from foot pain.
Because many nursing home residents identify with one or more of the conditions outlined above, they are more at risk of falling when they aren’t being supervised or provided with the assistance they should be receiving while under the care of nursing home staff members.
What factors contribute to falls in nursing homes?
In addition to what is mentioned above, falls also occur in nursing homes when:
- A resident is left alone for long periods of time. Residents who are ignored or left unattended for too long may decide to try and get themselves up if they require assistance with walking and aren’t receiving it. Many often do this when they need to use the restroom or have become restless from sitting. Residents who rely on nursing home staff members to get around are much more at risk of falling when they decide to try and move about the facility alone.
- High beds. If a nursing home resident is able to get in and out of bed independently, they may have trouble doing so if their bed is positioned too high.
- Wet floors. While nursing homes should be cleaned regularly to prevent the spread of germs and infections, it shouldn’t put the lives of the residents living there at risk. For example, if the floors need to be mopped, staff members must be sure they dry before allowing residents to pass through the area.
- Understaffed facilities. When there aren’t enough staff members to supervise nursing home residents, it can lead to some being unsupervised. This lack of supervision could cause residents to take risks or move without receiving the assistance they need.
When is a nursing home liable for a fall?
If negligence caused a nursing home resident to fall and suffer injuries, the facility can be held liable for compensating the resident for various damages. If a family member would like to learn more about how they can hold a nursing home accountable for a resident’s fall, they should contact the Chula Vista, CA nursing home neglect lawyers at The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth. When Chula Vista, CA nursing home staff members neglect their residents or the facility fails to employ enough staff members to adequately care for and supervise them, they should be held accountable for their careless behavior.
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