Suffering a serious fall is one of the most serious risks facing older
adults, particularly those in California nursing homes. In fact, between
half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year, which
is twice the rate of older adults living in the community.
Several other alarming statistics provided by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:
- While only 5 percent of adults 65 and older live in nursing homes, nursing
home residents account for about 20 percent of deaths from falls in this
- Each year, a typical nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls.
Many falls go unreported.
- Patients often fall more than once. The average is 2.6 falls per person per year.
- An estimated 1,800 people living in nursing homes die from falls every year.
- Approximately 10 to 20 percent of nursing home falls result in serious
injuries, while 2 percent to 6 percent cause fractures.
- Falls result in disability, functional decline and reduced quality of life.
Fear of falling can cause further loss of function, depression, feelings
of helplessness, and social isolation.
While accidents do happen, falls can also be a sign of nursing home neglect
and other safety issues. In some cases, nursing homes fail to identify
and address risk factors for falling and/or treat underlying medical conditions.
In addition, dangerous conditions like wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect
bed height, and improperly fitted or maintained wheelchairs can also lead to falls.
With this in mind, loved ones researching California nursing homes should
always ask about fall rates and fall prevention strategies used by the
facility. You can also look around to see if the nursing home is equipped
with grab bars, raised toilet seats, handrails in the hallways, and other
features that make it easier for residents to get around without falling.
If you or someone you love has suffered from nursing home neglect or abuse
don’t hesitate to
contacta San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a