Nursing Home Falls in an Ohio Nursing Home Can Cause Serious Injuries

Nursing homes in Ohio have the absolute duty to keep their residents free from injury. It is appalling how many preventable falls leading to serious injuries take place in Ohio nursing homes each and every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls annually.

Nearly 1,800 senior adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries.  Those who experience non-fatal falls can suffer debilitating injuries and have difficulty getting around resulting in reduced quality of life. About 10% to 20% of nursing home falls cause serious injuries; 2% to 6% cause fractures. The fear of falling can cause further loss of function, depression, feelings of helplessness, and social isolation.

Falls can take place in virtually every area of a nursing home. The next time you visit a nursing home ask the staff whether they are taking every precaution to make sure residents are safe from falls. This includes asking about and verifying:

1. Proper lighting

2. Eliminating obstacles

3. Regular eye exams

4. Programs to maintain strength and coordination

5. Monitoring after administration of medication to prevent dizziness

6. Supervision for use of canes, walkers, etc.

7. Use of bed rails and constraints

You can link to the CDC website for much more information here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/nursing.htm

If a loved one has been injured because of a fall at an Ohio nursing home, he or she may be entitled to financial compensation from that nursing home. Bringing an experienced and knowledgeable attorney into such a situation will always get the nursing home’s attention, and often results in a change in that nursing home’s behavior in order to prevent further mishaps.

At Slater & Zurz LLP, our Ohio nursing home abuse attorneys are highly experienced in bringing nursing homes to justice when they abuse, neglect or fail to meet the level of care dictated by regulations.  For additional information, plese visit our website at http://www.stopohionursinghomeabuse.com

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