IDPH has cited and fined Integrity of Alton nursing home after a resident there suffered a fractured eye orbit in a fall.
Falls are a serious issue in the nursing home industry. They are the subject of federal regulations and are one area that is specifically addressed in the resident care plan. One very basic step in preventing falls is keeping areas where residents will be walking free of clutter and slipping and tripping hazards.
The resident at issue was legally blind, had been assessed as being at risk for falls and had a history of falls. In short, this is the kind of resident for whom safe walkways is a must. Unfortunately, on the day of this nursing home fall, this resident’s roommate was getting ready to move out of the facility, and as a result, in the words of the Director of Nursing, “There was stuff everywhere.”
The resident tripped over his roommate’s belongings and hit his head against the headboard on the way down. He was taken to the emergency room where a CT scan showed that he suffered a fractured eye orbit.
This was an easy-to-prevent nursing home fall. The staff had to have been aware that the roommate was moving out, and providing some measure of assistance to that resident in the packing process would have helped keep the room clear of clutter. Keeping walkways free of clutter is Fall Prevention 101. These are steps that should be taken in workplaces and retail establishments where there aren’t people with physical and cognitive impairments that are more susceptible to having falls and to having serious, long-term consequences from having a fall. The failure to keep this resident’s room free of clutter led to this unnecessary injury.
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