The most common sign of nursing home neglect is the presence of pressure ulcers – or as they are more commonly known – bedsores. Bedsores result from unrelieved pressure, friction, poor circulation, and uncomfortable temperature. Loved ones with mobility issues or those confined to their bed are most susceptible to bed sores if nursing home staff fail to take the proper preventative steps.
Unfortunately, nursing homes fail to implement preventative care more often than not. In fact, 1 in 10 nursing home residents in the United States have a bedsore. Elders are often left in their beds for days because staff is “too busy” to check on them or they are too inconvenient to move. There is no excuse for this negligence and it can lead to very serious injuries and even death.
While bedsores can form anywhere, they most commonly form over bony areas of the body such as ankles, knees and elbows. They are classified based on the depth of soft tissue damage. While Stage I is used to classify new formed wounds, Stage IV wounds are so deep they go to the muscle or bone and can cause serious damage. This level of damage explains why bedsores are one of the leading causes of unexpected death due to medical treatment (iatrogenic deaths).
Put simply, bedsores do not occur absent serious mistreatment. While bedsores are treatable, the best course of action is prevention. This can be as simple as nursing home staff getting a loved one out of bed to walk around or shifting them in their bed or wheelchair. The elderly are left to deal with the pain and long lasting consequences of bedsores when nursing home staff fail to take these simple preventative steps.
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