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Are bedsores a sign of neglect?

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2023 | Injuries |

Bedsores can be a painful, frustrating reality for people who must stay in bed due to health conditions. For some patients, they can cause life-threatening infections and lead to long-term medical difficulties if left untreated. 

What are bedsores, and what causes them? Are they inevitable or a sign of nursing home neglect?

How do bedsores develop?

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are injuries to the skin and underlying tissues that can develop when a person remains in one position for too long. They can occur in people confined to a bed or a wheelchair for long periods.

They typically form on bony areas such as the back, tailbone, hips, buttocks, elbows, heels and ankles. Bedsores often begin as red, irritated areas of the skin that may be warm to the touch. 

If left untreated, the condition worsens. The skin may start to break down and form an open sore. For the elderly, their thin, dry skin allows the breakdown process to develop more quickly. The sore can become infected in severe cases and cause serious health complications.

The best way to prevent bedsores is to change positions regularly throughout the day and ensure proper nutrition and hydration. If you notice any signs of bedsores on a loved one, it may indicate that the nursing home staff is not turning them and allowing them to stay in the same position. This is especially harmful to older persons who cannot reposition themselves and could be a sign of neglect. It’s vital that you address your concerns with someone and take any necessary action.


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