When you need to make the decision to place a parent or other loved one into a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospice home or other long-term adult care environment, there are lot of things to consider. Making sure the person receives the best and safest care possible to prevent serious injury or even the death is your primary concern.
With so much to find out about how your loved one will be cared for, you may be surprised to learn that even a seemingly small detail like the safety railing on the facility's beds can come into play.
In October 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted an audit of incidents involving bedrails at adult care facilities across the country, and the findings were alarming. Here is some of the information discovered:
- From 2003 to September 2012, 155 people died as a result of an unsafe bedrail
- The predominate number of those who died were age 60 or more
- Most of the victims were afflicted with some form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease or cardiovascular disease
- Almost all of the fatalities involved the patient becoming entrapped between the bedrails, or by falling as a result of an unsafe bedrail
Senior care facilities have a duty to provide a safe environment, and those in charge of caring for your family member are carry a serious responsibility to ensure their well being. Fort Myers attorney Mike Noone, who represents people who have been injured in a nursing home accident, notes that vigilance is key to ensuring the safety of your loved one. “You need to make sure you understand exactly how the facility's bedrails are to be installed, and check to see they are properly utilized”, says Noone. “It only takes a few inches of space between the bed and the rail to allow a person to become trapped”.
Call us at 239-461-5508 for a free, no obligation consultation if you have a family member who has been injured in an adult care facility. We can help you determine if someone's negligence or carelessness may entitle you to financial recovery for your loved one's injuries or death.