Reducing injuries in nursing homes by preventing falls

When families in Alabama decide to place their loved ones in a nursing home facility, this decision is rarely made without a lot of thought and heart-wrenching emotions. Many families stress about finding a facility that can provide the highest quality care, compassionate support and reliable medical treatment. For many, the concern of their loved one being neglected or injured, often looms overhead and can be difficult to ignore. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fall-related injuries are to blame for the deaths of nearly 1,800 patients in nursing home facilities each year. For residents who have fallen and suffer an injury, long-term effects may include anything from depression and social isolation to limited physical function. Facilities that prioritize resident safety and are well-educated about what hazards may contribute to falls, will take every precaution to create an environment that is safe. Some of the things they may do include the following:

  • Provide residents with education regarding their condition and what to do if they are in a dangerous situation.
  • Carefully read medication labels to determine what potential side effects are threatening to a resident's balance or vision.
  • Implement exercise programs that encourage residents to stay mobile and active.
  • Maintain an environment that is free of potential hazards and accessible for people with limited physical function.

According to the Huffington Post, nursing homes do not report every fall, and a facility with 100 beds reports an average of 100 to 200 falls each year. By law, nursing homes are required to carefully assess each resident to gauge physical capacity in order to provide accommodations to keep everyone safe. 

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