Individuals who move into nursing homes do so because they are ill or infirm and can no longer care for themselves. They are generally less active or mobile than elderly people who are healthier. They may require assistance to move about the home, or they may be bed-ridden.
As nursing home residents, they should not suffer fractures (broken bones) or fall injuries.
It is understood that as we age our bones become weaker and more susceptible to fractures under pressure of impact, such as in a fall, or twisting or tearing. It is also understood that older adults are more likely to fall and become injured. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) says more than one out of four people age 65 or older falls each year, and one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones, like a hip fracture, or a head injury.
However, as the CDC also says
, “falls aren’t something that just happens when you age, there are proven ways to reduce falls.” And in a nursing home, there should be protocols and attentive staff members to ensure that residents do not fall or suffer injuries like bone fractures. When a nursing home resident falls and is injured, something is wrong and someone should be held accountable.