Senior Living: Reducing Fall Risks for New Admissions

Denise GillinRisk Management

By Peggy Morrison, MSN, RN, BC, CEAL, WCC, QCP for

According to the CDC, 3,000,000 older people are treated in emergency departments each year for fall-related injuries. The consequences of falling can range from minor bumps and bruises to major trauma, including fractures (especially of the hip), and brain injuries. Severe injuries from a fall can be life-threatening; an estimated 27,000 older individuals die every year as a direct consequence of or from complications following a fall.

Residents are often admitted to senior living care settings as the result of a fall that has occurred in their home or their community. However, admission to a senior living environment also presents its own unique risk for falls for a variety of reasons.

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