Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, are very common in extended care facilities and nursing homes. The federal government asserts that those who live in nursing homes should not develop bedsores. The sores will not develop on the body unless a resident has a critical condition or is not receiving proper care. If you or a loved one is an Illinois nursing home resident, it’s important to be aware of the signs of nursing home abuse.
Why are bedsores common in nursing home residents?
Elderly individuals who live in a nursing home or an extended-care facility are often there because they require medical care beyond what they can receive at home. A person’s age, mobility level, thinning skin, and underlying medical issues can increase the likelihood of bedsores. The evidence of these sores could be a sign of nursing home abuse.
Factors that contribute to bedsores
There are several reasons that pressure ulcers develop, but these sores usually occur because of long periods of pressure on one area of the body. Typically, bedsores are seen on parts of the body that are in one position for long periods of time, such as the heels, hips, back, and tailbone. Bedsores have a greater chance of developing if a resident is malnourished, dehydrated, or exposed to moisture for extended periods.
Caregivers are responsible for ensuring that residents receive proper care to prevent nursing home abuse. Caregiver duties include providing adequate nutrition, changing clothing daily, and engaging in consistent resident repositioning. When bedsores are left untreated, they can lead to sepsis or require surgery. In some cases, bedsores can be fatal.
If you suspect that a loved one has experienced nursing home abuse, consult with a lawyer to review the details of your case and to help your family get the compensation that you deserve.