Aging patients require specialized care. As our bodies start to age, we can't do as much as before and taking care of ourselves becomes difficult. Health problems arise that cannot be remedied through the help of your daughter or son. In the United States, 1.3 million Americans are in nursing homes.1
Nursing homes are built in such a way making mobility easier. The expectation is that the staff at these homes are trained to monitor and assist the elderly 24/7. There are many things that could happen in a nursing home that are dangerous to the well-being of those that live there. However, slip and falls are very common in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities. Surprisingly, an average nursing home has about 100-200 falls a year. However, most of the falls can go unreported so that estimate could not be very accurate.
When you take your loved one to a nursing home, you expect the care that your loved one will receive will be pristine. That means that your loved one can move around without falling and that those that are there to help are actually helping. There are some facilities that are not up to par with those expectations. However, slips and falls within nursing homes and assisted living facilities are not uncommon. If a fall does happen and was preventable, the nursing home may be liable for the injuries.
Risks that Accompany Each Patient
There are so many people in nursing homes. However, every person is different. Not one person is like another in totality. Each person admitted to a nursing home has a list of special needs and accommodations. There should be plans in place to accommodate every need. Here are a few things that residents are checked for when entering:
- Vision Impairments
- Mental Limitations (dementia, Alzheimer's, etc.)
- Types of Medication Taken
After assessing each admitted patient, the facility should determine whether their facility would be the best fit. For one thing, they need to make sure that the surfaces within the facility are cushioned, that there are proper hand railings, and there is equipment that assists in mobility.
Nursing Home Liability
However, slip and falls in nursing homes cannot always be prevented. Even with the most experienced staff, something could go wrong and a fall can occur. However, if a fall happens due to negligence on the part of the nursing home, you can make a liability claim against the nursing home. There are so many things that could happen that may prompt you to sue that facility.
Here at George Tait Law, we are here for you. If you suffer from a slip or a fall or if one of your loved ones has suffered from either, call us and we will listen to your case. We will do our best to find justice for you and your loved ones.
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