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In a nursing home, the presence of trained staff members, lack of obstacles, and wide doorways should facilitate lifting and transferring an elderly or disabled person. Falls in nursing homes can lead to head injuries, hip fractures, other serious injuries or even deaths.
There are a number of reasons why family members decide to place a mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, husband or wife in a nursing home facility. One reason is the risk of falling when the person is no longer able to safely transfer himself or herself from bed to chair, from chair to standing position, or from one place to another on his or her own. Family members may not be available to provide 24-hour assistance. The vulnerable person may not cooperate well with family members. He or she may be too heavy for family caregivers to safely handle.
But when a family member is living in a nursing home, you should expect that the personnel there is trained to handle moving of residents safely. If your family member has been injured because nursing home staff failed to assist him or her properly, contact the New Haven nursing home negligence attorneys at Jacobs & Jacobs for help.
If a fall has occurred in a nursing home, a careful examination of the facts may reveal that basic safety mechanisms were not followed by staff, such as: