Nursing Home Accidents
Nursing homes provide a valuable service to American families. They offer a high standard of care and supervision for our elderly loved ones when we are unable to give them our undivided attention. While nursing homes are a reality for many elderly Americans, it’s vital to know the dangers of nursing home accidents and what to do if a loved one suffers such an injury. While a “nursing home injury” describes any injury suffered in a nursing home, the most common injuries involve falling.
Almost 75% of nursing home residents experience a falling incident each year. Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, are also very common conditions in these facilities.
Injuries from falls are most common among individuals over 55, and most elderly individuals who suffer falls will experience significant problems after such a fall, including a heightened susceptibility to future falls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 10% to 20% of all nursing home falling incidents cause serious injuries.
An elderly individual who falls in a nursing home could suffer bruising, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, or many other possibilities. The CDC estimates that between 16% and 27% of all nursing home falls occur due to environmental hazards, such as tripping hazards, bedding, and obstacles in walking paths.