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Falls in Nursing Homes can be Prevented - New York Attorney Justin Varughese - Parker Waichman

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Published on Feb 14, 2012

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Attorney Justin Varughese of Parker Waichman talks a common occurrence in nursing homes.

If your loved one who is in a nursing home suffers from falls, be concerned. Staff may try to tell you that falls are inevitable in the elderly. It is true that the elderly have problems with strength and balance, and are therefore more prone to falling, but that is why your loved one is in the nursing home in the first place -- to protect them from falls. In a well-run nursing home, your loved one should not fall.

Nursing home healthcare providers and staff should assess a nursing home resident for risk of falling -- both when that person enters the nursing home and regularly thereafter. Risk can be high, moderate or low. This risk should be reflected in the resident's care plan -- which should include measures to prevent falls.
Many older people relish their independence and will try to get in and out of bed without help -- risking a fall. Side rails and bed alarms can limit this risk. Floor mats around the bed can cushion a fall. When a caregiver is present, he or she should use a support belt to help the person in and out of bed to use the bathroom or engage in some other activity.

A hip, leg or any other fracture can lead to overall medical decline in an elderly person -- a decline that often contributes to a shorter and less-enjoyable life. The prevention of falls should be a primary concern in any nursing home. Always be concerned about falls and find out what is being done to prevent them. If your loved one continues to fall, and the nursing home does nothing, seek legal assistance. Falling is never acceptable.

To learn more about falls at nursing homes, I encourage you to watch the video above and to explore our educational website at www.yourlawyer.com. If you have legal questions, please pick up the phone and give me a call. Since this is what I do every day, I can answer your legal questions. You can reach me at (800) 800-9797. I ...

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