Q: What are nursing homes required to have in place to prevent falls?
A: Whatever the resident needs to prevent them from falling because there is no one size fits all solution to falls. State and federal regulations require the nursing home to provide the care and assistance needed by the resident to meet their needs. Sometimes bed alarms work. Sometimes they don't. Sometimes more assistance and supervision works. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes redirection and resident education work. Sometimes they don't. They way to prevent falls is to address the resident's specific needs and limitations, then implement the necessary care. One solution may work for one resident but not another. And there is no possible way to prevent all falls.
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