Bed Sores: A Common Sign of Nursing Home Neglect
Do You Suspect Your Loved One Is Being Mistreated in a Nursing Home?
Nothing is more distressing than finding out that your loved one has been
mistreated, abused, or neglected while under the care of a nursing home. We trust in these facilities to
provide the level of care and attention our elderly loved ones deserve,
but sadly, this is not always the case. In fact, the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 10 nursing home patients develop
bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, because
of neglect. If you have reason to believe that your family member was
abused or neglected by those entrusted with their care, we encourage you
to discuss your options with an Orlando nursing home abuse lawyer at The
Maher Law Firm as soon as possible. We are ready to help your family seek justice.
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Common Causes of Bed Sores Among Nursing Home Residents
Pressure or decubitus ulcers are lesions caused by prolonged pressure on
the skin. In nursing homes, bed sores are most common among patients who
are confined to a bed or wheelchair. Residents are encouraged to move
around and shift positions every few hours in order to prevent pressure
sores, but without assistance, this is impossible for many. This is why
staff members must be diligent and attentive.
In order to prevent bed sores from developing, caregivers must do the following:
- Move or reposition patients who require assistance
- Provide pillows or foam padding to help relieve pressure
- Ensure that the patients’ bedding and clothing remain dry
- Provide prompt medical treatment if bed sores develop
- Check on residents daily, especially high-risk patients
If caregivers or staff members fail to provide the level of hands-on attention
many nursing home residents require, it won’t be long before bed
sores appear, or worsen. If you have reason to believe that your elderly
loved one has developed pressure ulcers as a result of nursing home negligence,
please do not wait to take action. The Maher Law Firm is ready to help
you and your family pursue the level of compensation you deserve.