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What you need to know about bed sores and nursing homes

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2020 | Firm News

The day you helped your loved one move into a Georgia nursing home might have been a day filled with mixed emotions. On one hand, you were likely relieved and glad that your family member was moving into a secure environment where he or she would be safe and well cared for, especially when you are unable to be there. On the other hand, you understand that it’s often difficult for elderly people to leave their homes and independence behind.

As time passes, you will no doubt visit your loved one as often as possible. You hopefully will only see positive signs of him or her adjusting well and care providers meeting his or her needs. Sadly, in this state and others, nursing home negligence often causes patients to suffer injuries such as bed sores. This is one of the most preventable types of injuries there is, which is why it warrants immediate investigation if you notice pressure ulcers on your loved one’s body.

Who is most at risk?

Any nursing home patient might suffer bed sores. However, those who are immobile have the greatest risk. If your loved one depends on care providers to help with sitting, standing or moving from side to side in bed, it is critical that they fulfill their duties of assistance and also check your loved one’s body often to make sure there are no bed sores.

People who are significantly overweight or underweight are also at great risk for pressure sores. Lack of bladder or bowel control also adds to the risk because feces or urine can cause severe irritation to human skin.

Areas of body most prone to pressure ulcers

When you visit your loved one in a Georgia nursing home, it’s a good idea to take notice of his or her neck, knees, elbows and heels, because these areas of the body are highly prone to bed sores. Such injuries also often occur behind the ears, near the tailbone or spine, and on the hips.

If bed sores are untreated, they can become infected. In fact, such issues can become life-threatening situations. This is why, if you see signs of inflammation, scabs or oozing on your loved one’s body, it’s a good idea to inquire about it and to make sure you’re satisfied with the explanation your loved one or nursing home officials give you.

What if you’re not?

If you ask questions regarding bed sores, or any other issue concerning the care your loved one is receiving in a nursing home, and you are not completely satisfied or comfortable with the answers you get, it is wise to further investigate the situation. Never hesitate to reach out for additional support if you feel unable to resolve a particular issue on your own.

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