When Halifax residents make the difficult decision to relocate an elderly family member to a nursing home, they expect its staff to make their loved one’s experience as comfortable and as safe as possible. However, systemic problems at nursing homes in the province can lead to overworked, short-staffed teams of caregivers who do not properly ensure essential safety measures for each of the home’s residents.
If a nursing home’s administrators fail to provide a reasonable degree of care to the home’s residents, serious, potentially life-threatening accidents can occur. When staff, management, security personnel, custodial workers, or other parties do not adequately monitor residents’ activities or implement appropriate safety measures, residents can sustain severe injuries.
Some seniors use mobility aids, like walkers, to help them move throughout their residence. If the floor of their residence is poorly maintained or cluttered, those who rely on assistive mobility devices could be at risk of accidentally falling over an unseen hazard inside the facility. Similarly, uncleared snow or icy patches outside a nursing home’s entrance could also lead to accidents resulting in injuries, even for residents who do not require mobility assistance.
Other hazardous maintenance issues that could lead to injury-causing accidents in nursing homes include:
- Recently mopped floors
- Uneven surfaces
- Loose tiles or uneven carpeting
- Poor lighting
- Broken or missing handrails
- Improperly maintained sidewalks outside the facility
- And more
Unlocked doors inside the nursing home could give residents the opportunity to wander into restricted or hazardous areas. Even more alarming, improperly supervised residents with cognitive impairments like dementia could wander outside the facility, where they may face even greater risks of injury.
Some residents of nursing homes may be prescribed medication that causes dizziness or lightheadedness. If a caretaker is aware that a resident’s medication could have disruptive side-effects but allows them to walk without proper assistance, the resident may be at risk of injuring themself in a fall.
Senior citizens are more likely to sustain a serious injury in a slip and fall accident than any other demographic. Falls are the leading cause of injuries requiring hospitalization for seniors across the country. While the same accident may have little to no effect on a younger person, slip and falls could adversely affect the rest of a senior citizen’s life, and could even accelerate their untimely passing. Common injuries often sustained by seniors in slip and fall accidents include:
- Broken hips
- Fractured bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- And more
If you or a loved one was injured as the result of negligence at a local long-term care facility, our Halifax nursing home negligence lawyers may be able to help you recover financial compensation for damages resulting from injuries sustained.
Our nursing home negligence lawyers in Halifax offer a free, initial consultation to all prospective clients. If you believe the injuries sustained in a nursing home were the result of negligence, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers to learn if you are eligible to pursue a civil claim.
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