Nursing Home Falls Are Preventable

Date: April 10, 2012

In the Annals of Internal Medicine it has been reported that as many as 3 out of 4 nursing home residents fall each year. That’s twice the rate of falls for older adults living in the community. While some falls are unavoidable, there are protocals that can greatly reduce the risk of falls in nursing homes. The most effective interventions are linked to combining medical treatment, rehabilitation and environmental changes. If you have a loved one in a nursing home or are considering potentially placing a loved one in a nursing home, make sure to meet with the people in charge and learn how the facility incorporates fall prevention into its plan of care for residents.

Sean McDonough
Upon graduation from law school, he entered the private practice of law with Dougherty, Leventhal & Price. He has been a partner with the firm since 1993. Over the years, Sean has concentrated his practice in the areas of personal injury litigation; he has also represented governmental entities and officials in federal civil rights and employment lawsuits. Sean also works on many of DLP's Nursing Home Abuse cases.