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Bedsores and infection: Potentially life-threatening

When you think about bedsores, you might think of some minor inflammation or small ulcers from friction or sitting in the same place too long. The reality can be much darker. When a person is unable to move to relieve pressure from an area of the skin, they can develop ulcers. Those ulcers are a result of the blood supply being cut off to that area of the skin for two to three hours. After that, the skin begins to die.

Why is elder neglect so hard to recognize?

Elder neglect can involve many different people, from those who are related to the elders to those hired to take care of them. It can be hard to identify neglect, especially if your loved one is trying to hide that they're being victimized. It is important that you do your best to monitor any caregiving situation and to provide the elderly person with the opportunity to give feedback on their care.

Know neglect, so you can stop it

To understand elder neglect, you need to know what it is. Neglect is not usually intentional, but it can be. It's a form of mistreatment that usually results from disregard for the needs of the elderly or because of carelessness. Elders who face neglect could be put into life-threatening situations as a result of not receiving the care they need.

What determines how much water someone needs?

One of the biggest concerns for the elderly is dehydration. It seems so simple, but those who depend on caregivers for food and water can quickly find themselves malnourished and dehydrated if they get neglected or forgotten. Hydration mistakes can make someone sick, detract from their quality of life and even prove deadly.

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