Preventing Falls

While there is no way to guarantee fall prevention, safety steps that can be put in place can and should include the following:

  1. Manage Hazards: Prevent and protect against falls due to wet floors, uneven steps, inadequate lighting, and insufficient supports and walking aids.
  2. Ensure Adequate Staffing: Staff with adequate fall prevention training need to be available to assist residents at all times.
  3. Ensure Adequate Support: Provide seniors with tools, tips, techniques, and equipment to manage and mitigate fall risks. This may include nonslip socks and shoes, grab bars in bathrooms, bedrails, well-maintained walkers and wheelchairs, and adding toilet seat risers, for example.
  4. Follow a Fall Prevention Plan: If the facility has a fall prevention plan for a resident, ensure that staff members follow it each and every time. For example, if moving a resident requires two members, one staff member should never attempt to move the resident on her own. This can cause injury to the resident as well as the staff member.

What should I do if my loved one suffered injuries in a fall at her nursing home?

If your loved one suffered injuries in a nursing home fall, be sure to speak with an elder abuse lawyer at the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. about your legal rights and responsibilities. Establishing negligence and liability is a complex question of law and facts and you should get help from a professional.

Contact us today at 404-474-0804.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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