Sings Of Nursing Home Neglect: Bedsores

Nothing is scarier than getting a call from the nursing home or assisted living facility your loved one is residing at only to hear that they have developed a pressure sore. But what is a pressure sore, exactly?

A pressure sore (also known as a bedsore or decubitus ulcer) is a breakdown in the skin due to constant pressure to a bony part of a person's body. Common locations of pressure sores include:

  • Buttocks
  • Tailbone
  • Heels
  • Elbows
  • Hips
  • Ankles

Nursing Homes Should Work To Prevent Pressure Sores

Nursing homes and other medical facilities have a duty to protect residents from development of preventable pressure sores. Nursing home residents are frequently at a higher risk for the development of pressure sores due to their immobility, poor nutrition and hydration, or due to cognitive deficits such as dementia. The fact is, the development of most pressure sores are preventable with appropriate care from trained staff. Things to make sure staff are doing for your loved one with an existing pressure ulcer or those at high risk for the development of a pressure sore include:

  • Turn and reposition your loved one frequently to ensure he or she doesn't remain on any one bony area of the body for too long
  • Utilize a specialized mattress to decrease the amount of pressure to the bony areas of your loved ones body
  • Consult a doctor or wound care trained nurse to develop an individualized and appropriate care plan to meet your loved ones needs
  • Check the pressure sores frequently to ensure they are not deteriorating

The quicker a pressure sore is discovered, the more likely treatment to the site will be effective.

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