When an older adult suddenly falls, they have a lot more risk for injury than someone younger would have. Older adults often have lower bone density which can mean more risk for fractures and worse breaks when they do occur. They also may not have the muscular strength to prevent themselves from falling.
Some of the people who live in nursing homes move into those facilities shortly after they experience a fall that leaves them injured. Others are there because their families worry about the risk of a fall occurring when no one is there to help them.
Sadly, it’s still possible for your loved one to get hurt in a nursing home. There might not be enough staff members to care for all the residents. Certain staff members could also intentionally ignore or neglect your loved one. In those situations, your loved one could suffer a severe fall.
Older adults need access to quick assistance when necessary
Families pay thousands of dollars a month to put a loved one in an assisted living facility. They want to ensure that there is always someone there to provide care and assistance. It can be hard to provide around-the-clock care when you have children of your own or a career.
Nursing home staff should be present and available to help your loved one and prevent them from experiencing a fall. They can help residents get dressed, go to the bathroom and walk down to communal spaces to be with others.
You deserve answers after a fall in a nursing home
If your loved one experienced a serious fall while in a nursing home facility, they could get seriously hurt. You have a right to information about staffing levels and circumstances that led up to the fall.
In some cases, there may be a pattern of inadequate staff or delayed responses that indicate neglect. If you can prove that staff didn’t exercise proper care, you may be able to take legal action against the facility and seek compensation for your loved one’s medical injuries and suffering.