Category: Fall Prevention

Dairy Lowers Risk

Broken bones from falls and other traumatic incidents at nursing homes occur often. The cause is typically unsafe staffing levels. A new study from Australia finds that increased intake of dairy foods may prevent fractures. The study shows more dairy products to nursing home residents could reduce risk of falls and fractures. Increased dairy consumption

Therapy Services

Need vs. Cost Alex Spanko at Skilled Nursing News had a remarkable article about the need for therapy in nursing homes. He references a self-serving new study by lobbyists for physical and occupational therapists that show increased intensity of therapy services may directly lead to better outcomes for nursing home residents. Residents getting 90 to

Bed Rails

CBS News reported on the dangers of bed rails. As a nursing home attorney, I am aware that the misuse of bed rails and bed handles kill hundreds of vulnerable adults every year.  The side rails or metal bars used on beds to help patients pull themselves up or prevent escape. However, many suffer fatal

Settlement in Fall Case

The Morning Call reported a $250,000 settlement in a nursing home fall case. Lehigh County and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation will pay $250,000 to settle claims that inadequate staffing led to Shirley Leibenguth’s death. Cedarbrook understaffed its registered nurses by 30% and its CNAs 14%-22% compared with safe staffing standards. This profited them more than $2.5

Medications and Falls

All falls by older adults can cause injury, including fractures, head trauma, and lower a person’s quality of life. Most are preventable with safe staffing and an adequate plan of care. According to the CDC, medical costs related to fall injuries are nearly $50 billion every year. One reason is medication. A new study from

“An alarm system doesn’t prohibit falls”

ABC News had an interesting article about the decline in the use of alarms as a means of fall prevention.  The change is part of a nationwide movement to phase out personal alarms and other long-used fall prevention measures in favor of more proactive, preventative care. Without alarms, facilities need staff to better learn residents’

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