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Seniors With Cognitive Impairments are More Likely to Suffer a Nursing Home Injury

According to a recent article in Neurology Advisor drawing upon source data published in the journal of the American Geriatrics Society, seniors with cognitive impairments are more likely to suffer a nursing home injury or fall.  How are Kentucky and Louisville nursing homes assessing the cognitive impairment of each resident and how are they applying the proper strategies to safeguard their patient’s safety.

The statistics show they aren’t.  What that really means is when a patient in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility falls and suffers an injury, the facility is potentially accountable for nursing home neglect.

The key take aways from the article above focused upon facts regarding the correlation between cognition and the probabilities of injury.  When older adults showed signs of “low performance in attention and executive function” it tended to correlate with “gait slowing, instability, and future falls.”  In other words, the lack of careful supervision and care places a patient with difficulty walking or balancing at great risk for injury from a fall.

When levels of care and staffing drop patients are often neglected.  A simple trip to the rest room can result in a serious injury or a wrongful death.

Louisville seniors with cognitive impairments are more likely to suffer a nursing home injury or fall.  HLH recognizes that not every fall or injury in a nursing home represents abuse or neglect.  However, falls resulting in injury are often the result of a failure to monitor, abuse or neglect.  If someone you love has fallen and suffered an injury in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility we invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact HLH or call (866) 583-9701 for a free consultation today.  Our attorneys will investigate all of the circumstances, evidence and documentation surrounding the facility and the fall and seek full and fair compensation for your loved one.

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