Nursing home residents are some of the most vulnerable people in society. This is why they need to be protected and cared for, both physically and socially. We often accept that our loved ones need to live in a nursing home because we are concerned for their safety and believe that they need 24-hour care and support.
Nursing home support should give the resident's loved ones peace of mind that they are being adequately cared for. However, if your loved one suffered a fall while they were living in a nursing home, you may call into question the quality of support that they are receiving.
Can falls always be prevented?
While it is not realistic for nursing homes to prevent patient falls completely, they are expected to calculate a resident's risk of a fall and take appropriate measures. This means that residents with a high risk of having a fall should always have support when walking around, and they should never be left without a wheelchair or walker.
Can I take action against a nursing home if my loved one had a fall?
In order to successfully take action against a nursing home, you should be able to show that their negligence led to the fall. For example, if a nursing home resident was left without walking aids and support and they fell on the way to the bathroom, this could be a case of neglect. Residents should always be able to have their needs met without risking their safety.
It is important that you understand the law before taking action to file a claim against a nursing home.