Accident Prevention For Residents & Staff

6 Ways to Prevent Accidents at Long Term Care Facilities

Slips, trips, and falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 1,800 elderly adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries. Those who survive falls frequently sustain injuries that result in permanent disability and reduced quality of life. Common causes include:

1. Inadequate lighting or slippery floors within the facility. Attempts to move from one place to another within the resident’s room, without assistance from nursing facility staff, account for a high percentage of falls. Ensure that lighting is sufficient for residents. Evaluate the type of flooring in the facility and how the floors are cleaned. SupplyWorks has specialized knowledge of floor care, and can make recommendations regarding the cleaning program that will work best in these facilities.

2. Avoid floors that are slippery when choosing flooring and choose floor mats that add traction to the surface. After cleaning, make sure that items, such as mop buckets and other common cleaning materials, are immediately removed from the floor.

3. Prevent falls in the bathroom. Inspect and ensure that items, such as grab bars, safety guards and rails, and shower and tub benches are in good condition, installed properly, and compliant with regulations. Slips and falls can occur when staff is cleaning.

4. Prevent slips and falls by displaying wet floor signs and cones during floor maintenance.

5. Clean up spills immediately and create barriers to let people know that the floor is still wet.

6. Cleaning staff should wear the proper footwear, such as shoes with rubber soles, while maintaining floors to prevent slips and falls.

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