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When it comes to a loved elderly individual that you have to move to a nursing home, there are a lot of considerations when it comes to the facility you choose. Fall prevention practices is an area that should not be taken lightly or skipped when making a decision. Each year falls cause millions of elderly individuals to suffer from hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries, or worse.
Falls are often not thought of as a serious issue by many people, however, falling is currently the leading cause of injury, hospital admissions for trauma, and injury deaths for older adults. According the Center for Disease Control, accidental falls are responsible for over 30,000 deaths a year, with approximately 1,800 of those deaths being an elderly individual who had a nursing home fall.
In many cases external factors play a major role in an elderly individuals fall. Some of the top causes of falls are due to:
- Poor lighting
- Uneven floors or wet areas
- Clutter on the floor or stairs
- Loose rugs
- Unsafe footwear
- Loose clothing
- Difficult to reach items
- Lack of support railings on stairs or in bathrooms
Though all falls are not preventable, many are; making it critical to take the appropriate steps and ensure that your loved ones are in a safe environment.
If your loved one has fallen or you believe they may be a victim of nursing home negligence, contact Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter at (855) 880-4741 to schedule a free case review with one of our experienced Florida attorneys.