There is an alarming rate of nursing home injuries including physical, psychosocial, cognitive and financial harm. The most common physical injuries are the result of an unnecessary fall. Of the 1.5 million nursing home residents nationwide, approximately 50% fall at least once per year. Of the residents that fall each year, 10-20% of the falls result in serious injury. Among people 85 years of age or older, 20% of fall related deaths occur in nursing homes.
The best way to protect a loved one from one of these injuries is by choosing
the right nursing home…
The Illinois Department of Health has created a comprehensive checklist for choosing a nursing home that can be found here. Filed reports and investigations of Nursing Home Care Act violations should also be consulted. All investigative reports for the State of Illinois are found here.
Once a loved one is placed in a nursing home, signs of neglect and abuse should always been looked for. Some signs to watch out for include: bed or pressure sores; infections; dehydration; malnutrition; fractures; dislocations; medication errors; inappropriate physical restraint; financial exploitation; and any other mental or physical abuse. Signs of these types of abuse are revealed by a simple visual examination of the resident.