Falls are common in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Among people 65 years and older, they are the leading cause of injury and deaths.
Each year in the United States, nearly one third of older adults experience a fall. Of the 1.6 million residents in U.S. nursing facilities, approximately half fall annually. And 33% of those who have already experienced a previous fall, will experience 2 or more within the same year.
While they are common occurrences, nursing homes and assisted living communities should provide staff training through Fall Prevention Programs due to the severe injury-related consequences that may occur among frail elderly residents significantly decreasing their quality of life and ability to function.
Facilities must meet the medical needs of their residents, many of whom may be prone to issues such as poor balance or cognitive difficulties which put the resident at risk for falling related injuries. The law requires facilities to maintain certain standards regarding patient safety and care. Unfortunately, homes do not always follow these standards, many times with irreparable harm. When this occurs, families need an attorney who intricately understands the law so when a facility fails to protect a patient they are held accountable for their negligence.