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Bedsores: a potential sign of abuse at nursing homes

| Dec 8, 2020 | Nursing Home Abuse |

Something is not right at your mother’s nursing home. During your regular visits, you have gradually seen a physical change in her appearance, most notably the bedsores on her body. This is not a good sign, and you want to prevent her from heading toward a precipitous health decline.

Bedsores represent a strong indicator that abuse and neglect occur in the nursing home. They potentially expose the lack of care from poorly trained staff along with mistreatment and disregard for vulnerable nursing home residents. Now is the time to protect your mother and take swift action because ignoring bedsores also may lead to serious medical complications.

Serious injuries that could prove fatal

Bedsores develop on immobile people. Whether bedridden or confined to a wheelchair, this group is susceptible to acquiring these painful injuries. In some situations, the victim may be unaware of any pain. Through the broken skin surrounding a bedsore, bacteria can enter a person’s body and lead to serious and fatal infections. Such infections can grow even worse if contaminated with feces or urine.

The bonier parts of a person’s body are most susceptible to bedsores, which often can be found on the:

  • Lower back and spine
  • Tailbone and buttocks
  • Back of the head
  • Hips
  • Shoulder blades
  • Ankles and heels

Signs of bedsores vary and include swelling, red spots, sore areas with draining pus, skin areas that are cooler or warmer to the touch and severe odors. If you observe any of these symptoms on your loved one, you know that they are being neglected.

In all likelihood, the inactions of poorly trained, negligent and, ultimately, abusive nursing home staff lead to the development of bedsores on nursing home residents. A nursing home must protect the people who live there. If you recognize signs that it does not, then you must protect your loved one.