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Can bedsores be a sign of neglect in your loved one’s nursing home?

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2023 | Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse |

When you choose a nursing home for a loved one in Indiana, you trust that the facility will provide the necessary care and attention. It is a decision often made with careful consideration and the expectation that the nursing home staff will uphold a high standard of care.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers or pressure sores, can be a clear indication that something might be wrong.

What are bedsores, and how do they develop?

Bedsores develop when continuous pressure restricts blood flow to certain areas of the skin. This pressure often happens when someone lies or sits in one position for too long without moving. In a nursing home setting, residents who are bedridden or use wheelchairs are particularly at risk.

The sores begin as red, tender areas and can progress to open wounds if not treated promptly. The severity can range from mild irritation to deep wounds that reach muscle or bone.

Proper care and prevention

Nursing homes should have protocols in place to prevent bedsores from developing. Regular movement, proper nutrition and maintaining skin cleanliness are essential in preventing these sores. Staff should turn or regularly reposition residents who are at risk and should check their skin daily for signs of pressure sores.

Bedsores as a sign of neglect

If your loved one in a nursing home develops bedsores, it might indicate neglect. Since these sores are preventable with proper care, their presence may reflect a lack of attention or inadequate staffing. It is essential to communicate with the nursing home staff and ensure they are taking proper measures to treat and prevent further bedsores.

Bedsores are painful, uncomfortable and often preventable with proper care. If you notice bedsores, ask about the care plan in place and ensure that the nursing home staff is addressing the issue promptly. Monitoring your loved one’s health and well-being, and maintaining an open line of communication with the nursing home, can help ensure that they receive the care and respect they deserve.