Facilities Must Prevent Hip Fracture
On of the most common forms of preventable neglect in elder care facilities are falls which result in hip fracture.
Hip and Pelvic Fractures are Life Changing
According to the CDC hip fractures are one of the most serious forms of fall injuries. They are hard to recover from and many people are not able to live on their own. More than 95% of all hip and pelvic fractures are from falls, usually by falling sideways. Three-quarters of all hip fractures happen to women, they fall more often and more women than men have osteoporosis.
According to the Mayo Clinic a hip fracture almost always requires surgical repair or replacement, followed by physical therapy. Taking steps to maintain bone density and avoid falls can help prevent a hip fracture.
Facilities Must Prevent Accidents
There are state and federal regulations which set forth the minimum standards for care and treatment including accident prevention. Federal regulation 42 CFR 483.25(d) states: the facility must ensure that –
(1) The resident environment remains as free of accident hazards as is possible; and
(2) Each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents.