Any fall can be dangerous, but for elderly nursing home patients, many of whom are struggling with balance issues and brittle bones, a fall can be deadly. Traumatic brain injuries and complications from injuries such as broken hips can be fatal to this vulnerable population.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacted millions of people across the U.S., but one of the groups that was most severely affected is the elderly, particularly those in nursing homes. While nursing home neglect is all too common in our country, the egregious incidents caused by the hurricanes' power outages and flooding remind us that the elderly need our support and protection.
Rehabilitation hospitals are meant to help patients who need a longer period to recover from surgery and certain injuries. Unfortunately, a new report shows that these facilities may not provide adequate care for patients.
A man's 91-year-old mother had lived in an assisted living facility since 2007. Then, one morning, the man and his wife received a phone call notifying them that his mother had 48 hours to find another place to live. Before the call, they had not suspected the facility of any sort of nursing home neglect. However, the reason she had to move so quickly was that the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) had suspended the operating license of the facility where she was living.