Fall Risk

Also in the News for Monday, Feb. 12

New flu treatments may be here in time for next flu season ... Maryland representative pushes bill for bed rails in nursing homes, despite federal regulations against them ... Simple physical performance test can measure fall risk and prevent injuries

Nursing home fined for not reporting fall that led to death of a facility founder, expects restitution from staffing company

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A Massachusetts nursing home where a resident fell and was shuffled back to bed without an official report was issued a $140,000 fine following the man's death. The facility says it expects to be reimbursed by a staffing company that sent a nurse who apparently didn't follow protocols.

Death leads to edict: Facility must mitigate the risk of falls — on its roof

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has given a skilled nursing facility in Ohio until Friday to remedy roof safety issues after a telecommunications worker fell to his death.

Also in the news for Friday, Jan. 5

New Mexico settles with former LTC ombudsman who claimed she was fired for advocacy ... Senate passes bill making cross-state telemedicine available to VA providers ...Previous falls are best predictor of future fracture, regardless of other risks

Aggressive blood pressure treatment does not increase fall risk after all, study says

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Taking aggressive measures to lower older adults' blood pressure may not increase their risk of falls, contrary to conventional wisdom, according to recently published research findings.

Seniors with disabilities less likely to recover from fall injuries: study

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Seniors who have a hip fracture or another serious fall injury are significantly more likely to recover if they had little or no disabilities before the accident, according to a new study.

A $1 billion verdict sends a pretty strong message

A $1 billion verdict sends a pretty strong message

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It's a fact of life that people tend to have more balance problems as they age. As a result, falling is a real risk that many of our oldest citizens routinely face. Providing the kind of care that prevents or at least minimizes fall risks can be expensive. But as a furious jury just showed, the cost of an inadequate response to this challenge can be much higher.

CMS announces 20 new participants in program to improve transitions, reduce rehospitalizations

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced 20 new organizations participating in the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP), which is an initiative to cut down on hospital readmissions by facilitating better patient transitions between acute and post-acute providers.

Study: Residents with multiple diseases, urinary incontinence at high risk for falls

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Nursing home residents who have multiple diseases are most prone to falls, according to a study recently published in the journal BMC Geriatrics. Urinary incontinence, antidepressant use, multiple medication use and arrhythmias also were strongly associated with falls.

'Magic carpet' could prevent nursing home falls, researchers suggest

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The placement of plastic optical fibers under a carpet or flooring has the potential to greatly reduce falls among nursing home residents, an interdisciplinary team of researchers said at a scientific conference this week.