The Centers for Disease Control reports that falls are the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in older adults. TBI are caused by a force to head such as a bump or a blow and can injure the brain and effect how it works. Senior citizens ages 75 and older have difficulty recovering from traumatic brain injuries and they often result in lengthy hospitalizations and death.
Symptoms of TBI include:
- Slowness in thinking, speaking, and reaction
- Lack of energy
- Changes to sleep patterns
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Mood changes
- Sensitivity to lights and sounds
Severe symptoms include:
- A worsening headache
- Vomiting or nausea
- Inability to rouse from sleep
- Unresponsive or non-reactive pupils
- Slurred speech
- Numbness or weakness of the extremities
- Increased confusion or agitation
Seniors on blood thinners such as Coumadin should be examined by a health professional any and every time they have a head injury.
When choosing a nursing home for your loved one, make sure that the home works on preventing falls. Some of the things you should look for include:
- Exercise programs
- Floors and rugs that are installed as to not create a tripping hazard
- Shelves and storage in rooms are conveniently placed
- Grab bars in toilet areas and in tubs and showers
- Non-stick mats in bathtubs and shower floors
- Proper lighting
- Handrails along staircases and halls
- Residents are wearing non-slip shoes
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent nursing home residents and their families in cases of abuse or neglect. A personal injury law firm with more than 30 years experience in the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma metro area, we work for families to insure patients rights are protected.
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