For elderly people who have significant mobility issues, bed sores are quite common. However, for people who are in the care of a hospital or a nursing home, the existence of bed sores is an alarming sign of neglect. The truth is, Bed soars and nursing home negligence seem to go hand in hand, and this sort of neglect is entirely preventable.
What are Bed Sores
The first thing to understand is that a bed sore, also know as a pressure ulcer, comes from pressure constantly being exerted on a particular area of the body. Many times, these sores tend to appear on more bony areas of the body where the fat tissue in between the skin and the bones is the thinnest.
Bed Sores are Almost Always Signs of Neglect
The reason why bed sores are so synonymous with neglect is because if a person is regularly moved, bed sores will likely never form. This is important because a person who is immobile will need the assistance of others in order to properly move. If bed sores appear, it is good chance that a loved one has been neglected by the staff who are in charge of the nursing home resident’s well-being.
In addition, if bed sheets aren’t changed regularly, this can further the likelihood of bed sores developing. By routinely changing out bed sheets on a regular schedule, the chances of bed sores developing is fairly low, which is another reason why bed sores tend to equate to neglect.
Bed Sore Complications
What makes the neglect doubly worse are the complications that come with bed sores. Outside of being incredibly painful, bed sores can also lead to skin cancer, amputations, gangrene, sepsis and bone and joint infections. These sorts of complications could lead to death, especially for the elderly that are extremely frail.
If you have entrusted your loved one to the care of a hospital or a nursing home and you have noticed the existence of bed sores, it may be time to speak with an attorney, as there is a good chance your loved one is being neglected. It is a terrible thing to consider, but quick action will need to be taken.