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What Are Bedsores and What Do They Mean for a Nursing Home Resident?

Nursing home abuse can be difficult to detect. Since we can’t be around our family members at all times and often they can’t communicate the issues they face as well as we’d hope, we need to pay attention to other signs. One of the main ones is the physical well-being of our loved ones and signs of neglect. Bedsores are one of those signs.

What are Bedsores?

Bedsores develop when excess force or pressure is applied to the skin over an extended period. They can be caused by the following:

  • Neglect
  • Immobility
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Underlying Skin Condition

How to Prevent Them?

Encourage your loved one to shift their weight as frequently as you can. If you are wheeling them around in a wheelchair try to get them to shift their weight every 15 minutes or so. Make sure the cushions and mattress relieve pressure on the patient.

Underlying skin fragility can make bedsores more common. Keep the skin clean and dry and moisturized.

Bedsore prevention is ultimately up to your loved one’s caregiver. While you can do what you can when you are around them, you are relying on the nursing home’s staff to care for your loved one. Try your best to make sure they aren’t being ignored by the staff and visit them to see that they are well taken care of.

What Can I Do If This Is a Consistent Problem?

Bedsores are caused by neglect. When you sign up for a nursing home, the entire point is to make medical care easier for your loved one to receive. If bedsores are a constant problem, your loved one is being ignored which is a form of abuse. In times like this, you may want to seek restitution and justice for your loved one. Dempsey & Kingsland has recovered millions for victims of medical malpractice.

Concerned about a medical error that has affected you? Call Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C. today at (816) 484-3776 or complete an online form for a free consultation regarding your case.

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