By Jack Halpern, CEO, My Elder Advocate Falls among nursing home residents occur frequently and repeatedly. According to the CDC, about 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries and those who survive falls frequently sustain hip fractures and head injuries that result in permanent disability and reduced quality of life.For an elderly person, a broken bone can lead to many other physical and mental health issues. Different types of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect can cause broken bones in nursing homes. Families who place a loved one in a nursing home expect the staff to take care of the elderly family member. Unfortunately, some families find that nursing home staff neglect or improperly care for family members placed in such facilities. Problems like broken bones, dehydration or cuts and bruises are indicators that the nursing home might not offer the care families expect. How big is the problem? In 2003, 1.5 million people 65 and older lived in nursing homes. If current rates continue, by 2030 this number will rise to about 3 million. 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. Between half and three-quarters of nursing home residents fall each year.5 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...