A nursing home should be a safe place for our loved ones. Sometimes, however, accidents, injuries, and falls occur. In fact, hip fractures are common among older individuals. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as many as 250,000 Americans over the age of 65 are hospitalized for hip fractures each year. If a nursing home patient has suffered due to a hip fracture, seek guidance from the experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti.
Minimizing the Risk of Falls
Most falls can be avoided if proper care is taken. There are a few things that you can do to help your loved one avoid falling. Ensure that the patient can see properly. Yearly vision tests with an eye doctor will update the glasses prescription and detect any eye problems, such as cataracts, that could contribute to falls. Balance can be an issue that affects the elderly. Some basic strength training exercises can improve balance, but be sure to check with a doctor before starting any type of exercise plan. Inspect the nursing home facility for proper use of medical safety equipment.
Hip Fractures and Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the body’s bones, making them more susceptible to hip fractures or breaks. Women are more likely than men to suffer from osteoporosis; however, it creates a more significant risk when a person falls. Have a doctor assess for osteoporosis and provide treatment if necessary. If your loved one is at a greater risk of harm from falls, it is important to inform the care facility. The caretakers should be aware of the potential for increased risk and take necessary precautions.
Consequences of a Hip Fracture
Unfortunately, hip fractures can take longer to heal in older individuals. There are also more possible complications. For example, a hip fracture can keep the person bedridden, increasing the potential for bedsores and pneumonia. Because the body heals more slowly, the patient may be unable to move around as quickly after such an injury as a younger person. The result could be health problems or even death. If your loved one has suffered a hip fracture as the result of nursing home abuse, you may be able to get reimbursement for medical costs, money for pain and suffering, and other expenses.
Hip Fractures and Possible Nursing Home Abuse
Doctors and health care providers such as nursing homes must take special care when caring for patients. When improper care is provided and harms a patient because of negligence, the result is often considered nursing home abuse. Hip fractures may happen when a patient is dropped or is improperly moved. It can also occur when the patient falls because of an unsafe condition. For example, a rug that is not secured or a electrical cord that is in the way. If a hip fracture has occurred it is best to discuss the matter immediately with the compassionate legal team at Levin & Perconti. They will review the situation and assist in determining whether further action is required. Contact Levin & Perconti for a free consultation today.
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