According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1,800 elderly adults in nursing homes are killed each year from injuries caused by falling. Those who survive fall-related injuries can suffer permanent disabilities and a reduced quality of life. But there are steps that Texas nursing homes can take to prevent these types of tragic injuries, such as:
- Keep floors dry, walkways well lit and floors clear of debris.
- When there are hazardous conditions, have bright warning signs and cones placed around the area.
- Broken railings, ramps and steps must be repaired as soon as possible.
- Carefully monitor elderly patients who are vulnerable to falls.
- Have sufficient staff to assist elderly patients as they walk to the restroom or around the facility.
You can also take steps to prevent fall-related injuries for your loved one:
- Consult with your loved one’s doctor. If possible, it can be helpful to request physical therapy and strength exercises for your loved one to keep him or her mobile and healthy.
- Request additional grab bars and handrails in your loved one’s room.
- Make sure that wheelchairs and walkers are provided when needed.
If your loved one has suffered an injury while under the care of a nursing home, you should discuss your legal options with our Texas nursing home fall accident lawyers. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today to set-up your free consultation.