Slip and fall accidents happen every day in this country with people of all ages. For elderly people, the risk of injury is even higher as old age and illness can result in weakened muscles and bones.
Senior citizens often living in nursing homes suffer greatly from a slip and fall accident because of slower reaction time and longer recovery. Numerous nursing home slip and fall accidents occur and lead to serious injuries and hospitalization.
The nursing home is tasked with keep residents safe and preventing accidents from happening as often as possible. In order for this to happen, the facility begins with a care plan designed at the time of patient intake. This care plan involves nurses, aides, doctors, psychiatrists, nutritionists, and administrators at the nursing home. They discuss each patient’s needs and how to address those concerns. If the patient is prone to slip and falls, they are supposed to take steps to prevent these issues.
These steps can include non-slip surfaces and floor mats. Or perhaps the resident needs to wear hip bolsters or cushions to ensure less injury when falling. Bed and chair alarms will assist for those patients who tend to get out of their wheelchairs and beds without assistance of the nurses. Nursing homes need to remove all hazards to ensure that each resident is getting the utmost care at all times. Watch the video now to learn more.