Nursing Home Abuse – Bedsores
Among the many signs and symptoms of physical nursing home abuse, bed sores are one of the most indicative of neglect. Bed sores go by many names. You may hear them described as decubitus ulcers, pressure sores, or pressure ulcers. These all describe the same injury. These are sores caused by pressure to the skin that goes unrelieved for a long period of time. Most commonly, these sores appear on parts of the body where bone and skin meet (like the hips, elbows, ankles, and heels). Those who remain sedentary for long periods of time are susceptible to these sores because they remain in the same position for long periods of time, allowing the pressure to build up on an area, which eventually causes a sore.
Why Do Bed Sores Matter?
Bed sores are an issue because they can lead to serious health problems if they go untreated. Bed sores can be a gateway for infection and other potentially fatal injuries (especially for those who are weak or have compromised immune systems). They are also important because they help paint a bigger picture of what may be going on inside a nursing home. Bed sores are a sign that someone has not moved in a long time, all-too-often indicating that they are being ignored or neglected. Addressing bed sores is important to prevent the health issues they may cause, but recognizing the fact that they may mean that there is more neglect or abuse happening is imperative to the life-long well-being of a nursing home resident.
What Should You Do About Bed Sores?
The best course of action regarding bed sores is prevention. However, this isn’t always an option. If you do encounter bed sores, the first thing you’ll want to do is treat them. Consult a medical professional to determine the best method of treatment. Treatments vary and depend on the severity of the sores as well as the overall health of the individual. The health and safety of the resident should always be priority #1.
Once you’ve addressed any and all medical threats, it is time to seek justice. We urge you to call the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo to discuss your options for nursing home negligence and abuse. Our experienced staff has handled countless nursing home abuse cases and understands how to get justice efficiently and effectively. We send our loved ones to nursing home facilities so that they will be taken care of—not taken advantage of. Call today to discuss your options.
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