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Fall-Related Brain Injuries Go Unnoticed Too Often in Nursing Home Residents March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. Those who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) acquired their irreversible injury due to severe trauma – typically when the head violently hits an object or an object pierces the skull and enters the brain. […]

Like many U.S. nursing homes, elder care facilities in Illinois seem continuously challenged by an inadequate amount of care workers. Even though the state requires 2.5 hours of direct care for residents each day, about a quarter of the residents in Chicago-area homes are living in understaffed conditions putting them at risk for abuse and neglect. […]

Falls Remain Leading Cause of Injury-Related Deaths for Older Adults and Understaffed Nursing Homes Could Be to Blame Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among persons aged 65 years and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the age-adjusted rate of deaths from falls is increasing as well. […]

A Virginia family is suing their mother’s former nursing home over her death following a fall. The woman, Fannye Doris Holden Scruggs Rorer, was an amputee who had only one eye and suffered from Alzheimer’s. On April 15, 2016, she had been a resident of Woodhaven Hall at Williamsburg Landing in Williamsburg, VA for 5 […]

The Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed last Friday that the number of elderly adults dying after a fall has increased 31% since 2007. In 2016, 29,668 adults age 65 and older suffered a fatal fall, up from just 18,000 in 2007. After reviewing death certificates, the CDC discovered that the […]

A nursing home in Westborough, Massachusetts is facing two separate lawsuits for falls that ended the lives of two its residents within a 7 week span in 2015.  The lawsuit alleges that staff at for-profit Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center ignored and purposely defied physicians’ orders that mandated the use of fall prevention devices, […]

In a CDC report released in mid-March, the government organization revealed that the number of reported brain injuries has increased dramatically since 2007. Brain injuries have been frequently studied and reported on in the news and medical community, with brain injuries in professional athletes and youths taking center stage. In 2015, Will Smith starred as pathologist Dr. Bennett Omalu, […]

The family of an elderly couple who died within 2 months of each other at a Eugene, Oregon nursing home has sued the facility, citing wrongful death as a result of the alleged incompetent and negligent care the couple received while living at the home. Harvey and Maxine Hanson, 92 and 91 at the time […]

About 5% of U.S. senior citizens reside in nursing homes and this number is likely to continue to increase. Those over the age of 65 are more likely to require care that can be provided by a nursing home or other care facility. Unfortunately, a disproportionate number of deaths occur each year due to falls. […]

Falls can happen anywhere and anytime to anyone. Yet the common stories we hear most about tend to be when our elderly or otherwise incapacitated loved ones suffer a fall, largely because of any incapacity. Such falls can lead to serious injuries, such as broken or fractured bones, concussions, and even death. There is also […]

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