At a nursing home, the leading cause of injury is from falling. Around 1,800 seniors living in nursing homes die each year from fall related injuries. Those who survive the injury usually have a long recovery process ahead or a permanent disability from the fall.
A majority of injuries are caused from seniors who are generally weaker than some of the other adults living in the home. These individuals in general have a tougher time walking and have chronic conditions that directly affect their health. Furthermore, certain seniors have memory problems making day-to-day activities sometimes very difficult.
According the CDC, in 2012, roughly 1.4 million people aged 65 years and older lived in nursing homes at this current rate you could expect that number to climb to roughly 3 million by 2030.
- 16 to 27% of the total falls are caused by environmental factors.
- Muscle weakness, walking, or gait problems account for around 24% of the falls in nursing homes.
- Medications can lead to personal injury as well; especially in drugs that affect the central nervous system. These medications can distort someone’s vision resulting in a greater opportunity for a fall to occur.
Leaving a loved one to the care of someone else can sometimes be a very difficult process. With so many outside factors coming into consideration when choosing the right nursing home, the ability to find a trust worthy and safe nursing home can be a very difficult process.
If you have a loved one that has been injured at a nursing home, contact Attorney Morton J. Shuman for a free consultation. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome and get you and your loved one the results you deserve.