It’s a heartbreaking reality that many nursing home residents develop bedsores. These sores can be incredibly painful, and in some cases, lead to serious health complications. If you or a loved one is currently residing in a nursing home, it’s important to be aware of the signs of bed sores, and what you can do if you believe they are being neglected.
What are bedsores?
Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are sores that develop when there is constant pressure on one area of the body. They are most common on areas of the body where bone is close to skin, such as the hips, tailbone, heels and shoulder blades. Nursing home residents are particularly susceptible to bedsores because they often have limited mobility and are unable to change positions on their own. When you combine that with nursing home neglect, it’s a recipe for disaster.
What are the signs of bedsores?
The first sign of a bed sore is usually redness or discoloration of the skin. The area may also be warm to the touch, swollen or tender. As the sore progresses, it can turn into an open wound that may be crusted, have pus or discharge, and be extremely painful. Additionally, the surrounding skin may be red, hot and/or swollen. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to notify nursing home staff right away.
What are the complications of bedsores?
If left untreated, bedsores can lead to a number of serious health complications, including infection, bone and joint damage, and even death. Additionally, bedsores can be extremely painful and make it difficult for nursing home residents to move or perform basic activities of daily living.
If you suspect nursing home neglect, the first step is to notify nursing home staff and/or administration. If you don’t see an improvement in your loved one’s condition, you may want to file a complaint with the state department of health so that an investigation can be conducted. Filing a lawsuit may also be an option, but it’s important to arm yourself with as much evidence as possible before taking this step.