Fall Risk Assessment
Before an elder is accepted as a resident by a nursing home, the nursing home must conduct a fall risk assessment. If a resident is judged to be at risk for falls, a fall prevention plan must be developed and implemented.
Failure to Prevent Falls is Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing homes owe a duty of care and responsibility to the residents. Nursing homes are expected to provide safety to the residents. Yet many nursing residents fall and injure themselves. The falls can result in serious injuries, including fractures, head injuries and back injuries, disability and wrongful death. Nursing home falls can be easily prevented by installing safety features. But nursing home falls continue to happen because nursing homes do not install the safety features for many reasons including minimizing expenses. Nursing homes must take all steps necessary to prevent falls.
Did you know that:
• Nursing home residents suffer falls at twice the rate of older adults living in the community.
• Seventy-five percent of nursing home residents suffer falls each year.
• Just 5 percent of adults over 65 live in nursing homes, but they account for about 20 percent of fall-related deaths in this age group.
• About 1,800 people living in U.S. nursing homes die each year from falls.
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