Placing an elderly family member in
a nursing home is a very difficult decision. Many doctors, nurses, and
even home health agencies recommend family members place their loved
ones in a nursing home when they exhibit mobility problems and dementia.
Nursing homes are supposed to provide round-the-clock care to residents,
but they are often understaffed, so care of residents is limited. The
sad thing is many family members believe that the nursing home will
provide a high level of care to their loved ones and that they will
be safe from falls. But the reality is serious falls and residents who
end up dying from fall-related injuries are very common in many nursing
homes in America. This is very alarming that numerous elderly people's
lives have been shortened by serious falls they in sustained nursing
homes in America.
According to the CDC,
about 1,800 nursing home residents die every year because
of injuries they sustained during falls in nursing homes, but this number
refers only to the number of actual reported falls, meaning the real
figure is likely much higher.
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