According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 1,800 fatalities occur annually resulting from injuries in relation to nursing home falls. Survivors of these falls can sometimes experience a reduction in their quality of life due to permanent disabilities. It's for this reason that looking at nursing home falls and why this is a problem has become a growing concern for families, as well as nursing home facilities.
In comparison to aging seniors living within communities, falls are occurring nearly twice as much in nursing homes. However, the CDC claims many of these falls are going unreported. Statistically, half of the nation's nursing home residents -- 1.5 million -- will fall at least once annually, and some will fall more often than that.
What are the common causes?
Many factors contribute to a nursing home fall. However, these are the most common ones families should be aware of when their aging loved ones become residents:
- Muscle weakness
- Hazards in the environment (e.g. wet floors, incorrect bed heights, etc.)
- Poor coordination
- Lack of staff available to assist patients out of bed
If the nursing home facility fails to address these and other causes, it may be subsequently held financially accountable for any injuries that result from the fall.
Contact us for assistance
If your loved one has been seriously injured after falling in a nursing home, neglect or negligence on the part of the facility may or may not be to blame. The experienced attorneys at Gary Osborne & Associates can thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the fall and work to hold the responsible parties accountable for their careless behavior.