By Peggy Morrison, MSN, RN, BC, CEAL, WCC, QCP for AssuredPartners.com
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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