The American Academy of Neurology recently released guidelines that urge regular fall screening for high-risk patients, in particular those with dementia, walking and balance disorders, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy, weakness in the legs or feet, substantial vision loss, those who've had a stroke or fallen in the past year. The guidelines recommend the use of specific screening and mobility tests to determine if a person is a fall risk. Read a summary of the guidelines here.
Each year in the United States, falls cause more than 16,000 deaths and 1.8 million emergency room visits. Falls can result in hip fractures, disability, loss of independence, head injury, hospitalization, and death. "People need to know that falls are preventable and there are simple tests to determine if you’re at risk of falling,” commented the guidelines' lead author David Thurman, M.D. You'd be surprised how many nursing homes and assisted living facilities try to convince families and patients otherwise!
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Fri, February 15, 2008
by Robert Carter