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Have you noticed bedsores on your loved one?

On Behalf of | Jan 14, 2022 | Elder Law |

When you entrust your loved one to a care facility, it feels like one of the hardest decisions. Even the highest level of care does not always feel like a good substitute for your own, but at the same time, many working people simply do not have the means, time or ability to care for a loved one properly.

This makes it feel like an even bigger betrayal if you discover that your loved ones have suffered from negligent treatment at a care facility. But how can you tell if that is happening?

What is bedsore?

Johns Hopkins Medicine examines bedsores, which sometimes appear among the elderly left in care facilities. Neglect serves as one of the primary causes for bedsores in care facilities, but how and why does this occur?

Simply put, some care facilities do not have the staff to properly handle everyone in the building. This means that many individuals go without their medical needs met. Bedsores form when a part of the body remains in contact with a solid surface without movement for too long. In the elderly, it often occurs when the sufferer cannot move well on their own and needs help in and out of a wheelchair, or out of bed.

Bedsores can form in as little as several hours or less than a day. They often appear along the back, at the hips and the joints, i.e. where pressure most commonly ends up applied when a sufferer sits or lies down for long periods.

Negligence contributing to bedsores

In an understaffed or overworked care facility, the staff may forget to help their loved one in or out of their wheelchair or could forget to turn them over in bed to avoid these sores. Noticing such sores could indicate neglect, and the victim’s loved ones should take immediate action.



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