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How nursing homes can protect their resident from fall deaths

One aspect that many people forget to take into consideration when choosing the right nursing home for their relatives is fall prevention. Seniors often have health, mobility and balance issues that make them fragile and prone to falls. Most nursing homes and retirement centers have measures and staff in place to protect residents from accidents. However, there are a growing number of fall incidents occurring where residents sustain critical injuries and die and nursing home abuse, neglect and wrongful death claims are filed.

What should be in a nursing home inspection?

Victims of nursing home neglect and abuse may take legal action under Ohio law. However, a short but thorough investigation before choosing a facility can help avoid nursing home negligence. An inspection of the grounds can be revealing. Determine whether the location is safe and secure and whether a loved one would feel content and safe sitting outside the buildings. Consider whether residents have nice sitting areas that are being used, whether the garbage dumpsters are reasonably clean and concealed and whether road noise is reasonable.

Nursing home penalties reduced

Late last year, the federal government announced that it is reducing the use of fines against nursing homes where residents suffered harm or faced the serious risk of injury. Guidelines put in place by the previous administration, intended to sanction nursing home neglect and abuse, were reversed.Under the new guidelines, regulators are discouraged from imposing fines in some situations. These will even include times where there is a resident death.

Critics claim meds misused in nursing homes

There are many causes of Ohio nursing home negligence, such as improper administration of drugs to the elderly. CNN investigators recently claimed that a drug intended to curb emotional outbursts in patients with progressive neurodegenerative disorders was misused, particularly by nursing homes, to limit these outbursts with patients afflicted with memory loss disorders.

Stricter electric rules sought for nursing homes

Advocates for Ohio nursing home residents are seeking lessons from the tragic death of 11 nursing home residents in Florida during Hurricane Irma after the facility lost power. To protect residents and prevent nursing home neglect and abuse, advocates are seeking tougher nursing home requirements.

Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect have legal protections

The decision to entrust loved ones to a nursing home when the time comes is a difficult one and involves placing trust in the nursing home or care facility where the loved one will be living. Unfortunately, if the nursing home or nursing home staff does not provide appropriate care of the loved one entrusted to them, the loved one can be injured or even killed by their negligence.


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