In our last North Carolina nursing home neglect legal library article, we took a look at the five most common causes of nursing home falls in the state. This week, we will examine what all nursing homes should be doing in order to prevent patient falls and fall injuries.
- Safety railing and grab bars. If you are touring a nursing home for yourself or a loved one, look for bars and railings in the hallways, rooms and bathrooms.
- Raised toilet seats and lowered beds. These two features can minimize the risk of a fall and minimize the distance that a patient falls to the ground.
- Exercise programs. One of the best ways to prevent falls is to keep muscle mass up and improve coordination and balance. Ask your loved one’s nursing home about exercise opportunities that are appropriate for their age and health.
- Proper nourishment. Malnourished patients can be weak, confused, and can have low bone density. Be sure your loved one is getting the right nutrients.
- Proper staff training. Many falls take place while a patient is being moved. Other falls may take place because staff members don’t understand prevention strategies or risk factors.
- Removal of fall hazards. A nursing home should look closely at its property for hazards like loose carpeting, low light, slippery floors, or loose railings.
- Extra care for patients on medication. Understanding that patients on new medications or strong medications are more likely to fall is important in preventing these falls.
If your elderly loved one has been injured in a fall accident at a North Carolina nursing home, you may wish to speak with a Raleigh nursing home neglect attorney about the details of your case and whether or not your family deserves compensation for the injury and its consequences. Call Brent Adams & Associates today to schedule a meeting and get your questions answered.