Fall Injury Prevention in Nursing Homes
According to the Center for Disease Control, Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview – older adults can remain independent and reduce their chances of falling. They can:
- Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time.
- Ask their doctor or pharmacist to review their medicines—both prescription and over-the counter—to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
- Have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update their eyeglasses to maximize their vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
- Make their homes safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways and improving the lighting in their homes.
To lower their hip fracture risk, older adults can:
- Get adequate calcium and vitamin D—from food and/or from supplements.
- Do weight bearing exercise.
- Get screened and, if needed, treated for osteoporosis.
Fall Injury Prevention – Learn Not to Fall – Is an organization dedicated to reduce fall injuries in seniors through education:
Some Additional Fall Injury Prevention Resources Include
- Center of Excellence for Fall Prevention
- Yale Study on Falls Risk
- Tips in Preventing Falls Among Seniors
- Resources from CDC Article on Fall Prevention
If you have concerns over injuries sustained by a loved one due to the neglect or abuse of a nursing home or their staff call Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a Free Consultation. Ken can be reached at his direct dial number at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or send him an email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.