How can falls be prevented?
Having adequate staffing at the facility can help prevent nursing home falls. When staff members are available to help residents with activities of daily living, such as getting in and out of bed, that can help prevent falls. It is important that facility staff members timely respond to call lights to avoid a potential fall. Alarms that alert staff when a patient who needs assistance attempts to leave a bed or get out of a chair unassisted are available to use. Residents who are not steady on their feet can be provided extra padding for their hips to prevent a break in the event of a fall. Nursing home staff can lower beds, add bed rails to beds, and add side alarms to beds to help prevent a resident from getting up alone and possibly falling.