Elder Abuse Bed sores, which are also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are injuries to skin that are generally caused by prolonged pressure on a particular area of the body. Bedsores most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heel, ankles, hips or buttocks. These bed sore injuries are very common in the nursing home environment due to the decreased mobility of most nursing home patients because they often remain sedentary in a bed or wheelchair. Elder abuse bed sores develop when an elder nursing home resident is not properly cared for.
Once a bedsore injury begins developing, it is very painful and difficult to treat. Prevention of bedsore injuries in a nursing home is very important and often accomplished by regular movement, exercise, and increasing a patients blood flow. Malnutrition and dehydration can also lead to an increased risk bedsores and other illnesses in senior citizens. Especially in the realm of elder abuse bed sores.
Bedsores are typically a sign of nursing home abuse and are caused by the patient receiving poor care from the facility where they are living. As seen in the previous paragraph, preventing bedsores can be easily accomplished by proper care. Nursing homes must ensure that resident do not develop bedsores.
A person suffering from elder abuse bed sores is in pain and at risk of death. If you suspect that a bedsore due to neglect at a nursing home has occurred, it may be advisable to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer and pursue a possible nursing home negligence lawsuit. No one should have to suffer painful bed sores in their old age. Proper monitoring of family members in a nursing home can be essential to preventing elder abuse bed sores and ensuring that their lives and living conditions are very comfortable.