Here are some things nursing homes can do to reduce the risk of falls and severity of injuries:
- Thorough fall risk assessment, care planning and follow-up.
- Bed and chair alarms to alert staff to efforts to get out of bed or chair.
- Special cushions to reduce risk of falls from bed or chair.
- Placing call buttons within easy reach and prompt response to calls.
- Bed rails as ordered by a physician and as permitted by the nursing home.
- Placement of beds in their lowest position.
- Placement of the resident’s bed against a wall.
- Use of padded floor mats to cushion falls.
- Careful and consistent monitoring of residents’ whereabouts.
- Placing high risk residents near a nurse’s station to enable close observation.
- Making sure floors are clear of obstacles and spills.
- Prompt and frequent assistance with toileting and other activities of daily living.
- Use of non-slip socks or other footwear.
- A good activity program.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a nursing home or other care facility, contact the Law Office of David M. Jamieson for a consultation (209) 521-1269.