Nursing Homes and Their Risks
Mistakes can happen in all types of places, including nursing homes. Failing to check on a patient on schedule or failing to perform all duties that ensure their health and safety can lead to all sorts of trouble. One sign that an elderly patient is being neglected at a nursing home is if they start to develop bedsores. Bedsores or pressure ulcers happen when pressure is left on a part of one’s body for a long period of time. These types of ulcers tend to happen more often on bony areas such as the heel or tailbone, but it is possible to happen to any part of the body.
Are bedsores a normal occurrence to the elderly?
Most elderly patients in nursing home care are wheelchair bound. They are usually sitting in a wheelchair all day and some are even paralyzed and cannot feel anything from the waist down. This means that the patients in this situation are not strong enough to move at all. Blood flow is lacking in this type of scenario which can lead to tissue death. If the situation is only that of short-term lack of mobility, the result can be nothing more than red marks or a change in skin texture. However, if this continues longer, over time the bed sore will continue to develop and worsen. Further symptoms can include swelling, tenderness, and in some cases, pus-like fluids can occur. In extreme cases of bedsores, bone can be exposed.
If you are visiting a family member and you notice that your loved one or even another patient has bed sores on their body, seek immediate help for them. If these illnesses are not treated in time they can lead to infection, necrosis, and even sepsis which is an infection of the blood that can lead to death. It’s no doubt that these cases are nothing short of negligence on the part of the nursing home staff. Seeking a new nursing home for your loved one is a good tactic to take if this problem occurs; at the same time as considering your legal options. Don’t hesitate to call us today if you need our assistance in seeking justice for your loved one who has been neglected in a nursing home. (903) 526-1600