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Slips and Fall Accidents in Nursing Homes

Posted By Kyle Law Firm || 16-Jan-2015

Each year, nursing homes from all over the world have the highest number of reportedslip and fall cases. Out of the falls reported every year, a majority of these cases concerning elderly people lead to death. Those who survived death encounter serious injuries, which create a negative impact on their overall quality of life. There are an extreme number of risk factors for slip and fall accidents in the nursing home environment. Here are the top five risk factors for nursing home slip and fall accidents as of today:

Osteoporosis

This type of bone disease is very common in older people. With this condition, the bone will be porous and will have lower resistance to stress. Because of this, the elderly patient in question will be more prone to developing fractures. Since the bone density is quite low, the bone is a lot weaker and the injured person may have some difficulties standing up and moving properly. To address this condition, elderly people should drink calcium supplements, eat the right foods, and get their much needed vitamin D.

Inadequate physical activity

When a person lacks exercise or physical activity, he or she will have poor muscle tone, decreased overall strength, and reduced bone flexibility. With all these deficits, the elderly have an increased risk of slips and fall accidents. It is recommended that residents in the nursing home undergo occupational and physical therapy.

Impaired vision

As we age, our vision gets more and more impaired. Vision disease usually causes glares which may lead to slips and falls. With blurred vision, it can be quite impossible for elders to safely navigate through the entire nursing home facility.

Effects of medication

This is one of the most overlooked risk factors of all. However, it is also the most influential. Some of the most common medications that can greatly contribute to slips and falls include antidepressants, sedatives, anti-psychotic drugs and many more. Side effects of these medications include drop in blood pressure, poor balance and gait as well as reduced mental alertness.

Environmental hazards

One-third of reported slips and falls accidents are due to hazards in the nursing home environment. These hazards may include scattered materials on the ground, unsteady furniture, bad lighting, and many more. It is the responsibility of the nursing home management to ensure that no accidents will take place.

If you need assistance for a nursing home slip and fall accident call the Kyle Law Firm today.

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