Bedsores are a big risk for elderly patients confined to a bed. These sores are also called decubitus ulcers or pressure sores. The skin tissue is damaged because patients cannot move around to get blood circulating through the area. Bedsores are common on the hip, spine, elbows and heels, anywhere that skin presses against the bed for long periods of time. Some patients who use a wheelchair can get bedsores on their feet or buttocks.
If you have entrusted an elderly loved one's care to professionals at a nursing home, you likely did so based on the assumption that a facility would be able to provide better care than you could. Imagine the horror if you were to find out that your loved one had been subjected to abuse and neglect at the hands of those who were committed to their safekeeping. According to ABC News, this is tragically true for as many as one in three nursing home residents. If you suspect such crimes may have been committed, you should pay attention to bed sores and three other potential indicators.
When someone moves into a nursing home, it is usually after a lot of careful consideration by the resident and their family. They go in believing that a nursing home is the best place to care for that person given their current circumstances.
If you are a reader of this blog then you are probably well aware of the mishaps that can occur in nursing homes and how they can cause all kinds of injuries and, sometimes, death. Though it is critical to be aware of these dangers and what you can do to take legal action if you or a loved one is injured by nursing home neglect, it is also important for you to consider how you can prevent such a fate from befalling you and your loved ones.
On the Miami Medical Malpractice Law Blog, we recently discussed the significant number of our elderly who are subjected to nursing home neglect and abuse. Though numbers and statistics may be shocking, they don't really give an accurate portrayal of how devastating nursing home neglect can be for unsuspecting residents.