The rights and wellbeing of senior citizens is an important issue that should be made more prominent as to expose any wrongdoing. Nursing home abuse, in particular, is a primary target to address, simply because so many people rely on these facilities as they get older. But just how prevalent is elder abuse?
As America's population ages more people than ever are in need of long-term care due to health issues. For millions of Americans, including many Georgia residents, this means a move to an assisted living facility, otherwise known as a nursing home. Staying in this type of facility can make day-to-day life easier for elderly people, as they receive assistance with many daily tasks that most of us take for granted.
There are many types of neglect that can occur in a nursing home setting, but one of the easiest to prevent and oftentimes visually unsettling forms of neglect comes in the form of bed or pressure sores. A bed sore is an injury that can affect everything from the skin to the bone of a person. Bed sores occur when there is constant pressure applied to an area of the body which not only bruises the skin, can also but lower or cut off blood circulation.