If someone you love resides in a nursing home, you naturally expect top-quality care. Staff provides medication, offering a nutritious diet, and keeping residents socially engaged.
When it comes to those residents who have difficulty with mobility, staff must also ensure they can make it around the facility safely. When staff neglects important duties, senior residents face a greater risk of serious injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, older adults have a greater chance of experiencing a hip fracture due to a decrease in bone density.
What causes hip fractures?
While bone fractures often result from car accidents, in the elderly the primary cause of them is falling. Along with advanced age, hip fractures are also more likely to affect people with certain medical conditions, such as osteoporosis. People with dementia also have an increased risk, as do those with Parkinson’s or stroke complications.
What are the symptoms of hip fractures?
After a fall, a person with a fractured hip may experience complete immobility, severe pain, swelling around the site of the injury, an oddly bent leg, and an inability to put full weight on it. Hip fractures require immediate medical attention to prevent more serious effects.
What are the possible complications?
Many hip fractures in the elderly lead to immobility, which increases the risk of other health effects. Bedsores, blood clots, infections, pneumonia, and a greater chance of experiencing another fall are also possible.
How are hip fractures treated?
Surgery is usually needed to repair fractured bone. A hip replacement involves replacing the top of the leg bone and socket with a prosthesis. From there, rehabilitation and therapy help patients gain strength and learn to use assistive walking devices, such as canes.
While not all hip fractures are preventable, a vigilant staff can make sure they are a rare occurrence. They will also provide sufficient care after one occurs to prevent further ill effects.