Thursday, August 12, 2010

Falls in Nursing Homes Facts

How big is the problem?

* In 2003, 1.5 million people 65 and older lived in nursing homes.3 If current rates continue, by 2030 this number will rise to about 3 million.4
* About 5% of adults 65 and older live in nursing homes, but nursing home residents account for about 20% of deaths from falls in this age group.
* Each year, a typical nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls. Many falls go unreported.
* As many as 3 out of 4 nursing home residents fall each year.2 That’s twice the rate of falls for older adults living in the community.
* Patients often fall more than once. The average is 2.6 falls per person per year.
* About 35% of fall injuries occur among residents who cannot walk

How serious are these falls?

* About 1,800 people living in nursing homes die each year from falls.
* About 10% to 20% of nursing home falls cause serious injuries; 2% to 6% cause fractures.
* Falls result in disability, functional decline and reduced quality of life. Fear of falling can cause further loss of function, depression, feelings of helplessness, and social isolation.

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