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Nursing home fined for not reporting fall that led to death of a facility founder, expects restitution from staffing companyFebruary 09, 2018
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.