More than 100 Minnesotans die each year after suffering falls in nursing homes. Few deaths are fully investigated by the state, and serious penalties for violations are rare. Updated Mar. 22, 2011
More than 100 Minnesotans die each year after suffering falls in nursing homes. Few deaths are fully investigated by the state, and serious penalties for violations are rare.
Despite alarms in place and a staff on alert, Lois Swanson suffered serious injuries in a fall and died 10 days later.
Marcus Woel, 94, uses Nautilus gym equipment for strength training.
A St. Cloud nursing home has reduced falls with high-tech gear, individualized care plans and consistent staffing.
Despite a bed alarm and other safeguards, Rudella Reiners, 89, got up undetected, fell and broke her hip. She died five days later.
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