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Nursing homes, falls and facial trauma: Is your loved one safe?

Nursing homes in Chattanooga and across the country must comply with federal and local laws and care standards. When they do not, not only do they compromise the safety of their residents, they also risk sanctions and being shut down. One type of deficiency that endangers the nursing home residents is falls. Falls can lead to life-threatening injuries, such as a broken nose, fractured eye socket, dislocated hip, traumatic brain injury or something more serious.

Nursing home accidents and neglect concerns might not have crossed your mind when you were looking for the right place for your ailing parent. But falls constitute a significant danger to seniors, no matter what environment seniors are in. Here is some information about nursing home falls and facial trauma.

When nursing homes fall short, residents suffer

Nursing homes are structured to provide a safe place for seniors who may be ailing and losing control of their daily bodily functions so they can live comfortably. Fall prevention equipment, such as handrails, safety bars in hazardous areas, proper lighting, an adequate number of trained staff to resident ratio and other measures are often employed in nursing homes that have excellent safety reviews. In facilities that are lacking, residents risk a variety of injuries that could lead to incapacitation or even death.

Falls and facial trauma could mean neglect or abuse

Facial injuries may seem like they should be of no concern, but they can have a dramatic impact on the seniors and their families. For example, a nursing home resident falls out of the bed because an employee forgot to use the bed’s safety rails can result in much more than a broken nose. The resident could end up with contusions, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, a fractured nose or eye socket, and other severe wounds that can affect the way the person thinks, acts, sleeps, eats, speaks or even breathes.

Any time you visit your parent in his or her nursing home and learn of a fall incident, do not dismiss it. Dig further into the matter and have your mother or father seen by a physician to rule out any injuries and hidden trauma.