A recent research study from Simon Fraser University has important implications for one of the most common injuries that happen inside nursing homes: falls. Slip and fall injuries can be catastrophic for the elderly and are some of the most commonly reported injuries that happen in nursing homes across the country.
Falls in fact cause more than 95% of hip fractures in older adults and recovery can be very challenging or impossible. This most recent study was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and involved researchers looking at more than 2,300 falls experienced by over 600 residents. Only 30 of those total falls led to hip fracture. While that number seems relatively low, the average resident in a long-term care facility falls up to three times per year and the cumulative impact of those injuries can be significant.
If you are researching nursing homes and long-term care options for an elderly loved one, make sure that you have considered plans for incapacity and the medical care wishes of the resident. Putting these statements into existing estate planning documents can ensure that your loved one has the necessary care he or she needs when they need it most.
Choosing a nursing home is a difficult prospect, but it’s also one that should prompt you and your loved ones to talk through care options and decide what you really need to do when protecting your loved one. Speaking with an experienced lawyer can help you and your family members get on the same page about next steps. Contact our office today to get support working through these challenges.