Category Archives: Nursing Home

09 Feb

Elder abuse and the fall from a wheelchair in a nursing home

The elder abuse, nursing home case, involving a resident who falls is a common occurrence. When the fall results in an injury, and the injury is serious it may result in litigation by the resident against the nursing home. A common injury is a hip fracture. Oftentimes, hip fractures caused by falls to elderly residents in nursing homes result in complications, including death. The purpose of this short blog is to address the fall from the wheelchair scenario. The typical( )fall occurs either from bed or from the wheelchair. The prevention of falls should be treated as a serious concern. But there is a large distance between the academic knowledge of the problem of falls by the elderly resident in the Nursing Home, and the actual practice on the floor by the aides, the Certified Nurse Assistants, and the nurses. This is compounded by the proof problems in the litigation: Although an elderly resident may be sitting in her wheelchair calling out for minutes to… Read More

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