As relatives get older, they may lose the ability to take care of themselves. Often, tasks that they had previously done without thinking, such as getting dressed or preparing meals, become extremely challenging.
In such circumstances, it can be in their best interests to consider a nursing home. Usually, much thought and consideration will go into the choosing of a suitable nursing home facility. Sadly, even with due diligence, nursing home facilities can fail in their duty of care. This can result in both physical and emotional harm to your loved ones. Outlined below are some of the more common nursing home injuries to be wary of.
Slips and falls
Older adults are especially at risk of falling over. In fact, falls are both the leading cause of injury and fatality among people over 65. The more common forms of injury include broken hips, damage to the spine as well as head injuries. Resources and staff may be stretched at times in nursing home facilities. Nevertheless, both staff and management have a responsibility to do their best to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.
As individuals start to get older, even regular daily activities, such as eating, can become dangerous. It is not uncommon for older people to choke on their food, which has the potential to be life-threatening. As a result, it is important that staff become aware of this possibility and know what measures to take should such a situation arise.
Individuals of a certain age may lose their mobility. Consequently, they might have to spend extended periods lying down. This can result in bedsores. While bedsores might not sound serious, they can cause significant discomfort and may even result in decaying of the skin.
All older adults have a right to be treated with dignity, and your elderly relatives are no exception. If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home, there may be legal options that you can pursue.