Residents who live in long-term care facilities count on the staff members to help them remain safe. One thing that has to be considered in these cases is the risk of falling. Every resident must be evaluated to determine if they’re at an increased risk of falling.
There are several ways that long-term care facilities can reduce the risk of a resident falling. They may require the resident to use assistive devices like walkers or canes. They should also have grab bars throughout the facility to help people who are walking around. Personalized help, such as toileting aid, might also be necessary.
Risk factors for an increased fall risk
While each case must be evaluated thoroughly, some risk factors denote an increased chance that the person will fall. These include:
- Cognitive impairment
- Age of at least 85 years old
- Medication usage, including blood pressure medicine and pain relievers
- Vision and hearing problems
- Decreased leg strength
- Diminished balance
Some residents may also have a fall risk when they’re in bed. Using bedrails, crash pads, and wedges may help to prevent those falls. Using a multifaceted approach might be the most appropriate idea for long-term care residents.
Any nursing home resident who suffers an injury in a fall should be provided with appropriate medical care to address those.
Negligence may play a role in these falls. When this occurs, the victim may opt to pursue a claim for compensation against the long-term care facility. Working with someone familiar with nursing home negligence cases is beneficial for most victims.