When a family member is admitted to a long term care facility or nursing home, his or her safety is placed in the hands of the facility staff. Initially, all facilities should perform a fall assessment as part of its admission procedure. These assessments address the physical, mental, psychological and medical conditions of residents to determine the level of assistance provided to them in moving the resident for use of restroom or helping the resident transfer. Other factors noted in these assessments are the need for bed rails or bed alarms.
After assessing the fall risk, the nursing home or long term care facility should take adequate precautions is protecting the patients.
Careless or negligent nursing care may result in falls. When the resident's fall assessment guidelines are not followed, a resident may sustain injuries, including hip fractures.
If you or a loved one has sustained a fall in the care of a nursing home or a long term care facility, you should contact nursing home fall attorney Mike Sudekum.