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Bedsores are a sign of neglect in nursing homes

Nursing home abuse can happen to anyone in a nursing home's care. It could be a relatively healthy person at the nursing home temporarily, or it could be an elder who requires 24-hour care. Regardless of who the case involves, it's never acceptable for a person to fall victim to nursing home abuse. Nursing homes should have standards in place to prevent abuse or neglect, and if they don't, they should be held accountable for any injuries that take place.

There are typically signs that a person is being harmed in a nursing home. For example, one serious injury that can happen is a bedsore. They can happen almost anywhere on the body if the area loses circulation. They're more common among those who cannot move themselves and rely on others to help them shift their weight since they can't move when their skin or body feels uncomfortable.

What should you do if you notice your loved one has an ulcer or bedsore?

If you see that your loved one has a bedsore, it's necessary to get them medical attention right away. You should help them move to restore circulation to the area of the body that had pressure on it, then take them to the hospital or call 911. Minor cases may resolve on their own, but bedsores can become infected and get so severe that they put a patient's life at risk.

Our site has more on nursing home abuse and what you can do if your loved one is victimized by poor care or negligence in their facility.

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