Almost every week we speak with an individual whose father, mother, or spouse has fallen at a nursing home and suffered an injury as a result. Some of those callers tell us their loved one has fallen 3…5…10 or more times at the nursing home, but the nursing staff says there is nothing that can be done other than to keep the loved one in bed 24 hours a day.
This is a bunch of baloney!
The elderly are at increased risk for falls but there are multiple ways to reduce that risk…and steps that every good nursing home should take to reduce the risk of falling.
Take a minute to read the article, Falls in the Nursing Home, recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. After reading the article, make an appointment with your facility’s Director of Nursing and ask why the guidelines set out in this article are not being followed.