A bedsore is a lesion on the skin resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin. Bedsores are commonly found on bonier parts of the body such as the tailbone, spine, hips and ankles.
Nursing home residents who are not properly cared for may develop bedsores. In these cases, severe injury, infection, or death may occur.
These bedsores are to be taken extremely serious. If your loved one has bedsores, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries. Bedsore settlements may be awarded to residents or their families as a means of resolving bedsore lawsuits outside of the courts.
How do elderly patients develop bedsores?
To prevent bedsores, nursing homes and other care facilities inspect, turn and reposition elderly patients to avoid any one area of skin contacting the bed more than another. There are other preventative measures nursing homes take as well – pressure-relieving devices such as special beds, mattresses and boots.
There are several different stages of bedsores:
Stage 1 and Stage 2 bedsores may heal within several weeks to months with conservative care and managing the risk factors.
Stage 3 and Stage 4 bedsores are more difficult to treat. An elderly person who has a terminal illness or chronic medical condition bedsore and pressure sore treatment may focus primarily on managing pain rather than complete healing.
Preventing bedsores in a loved one
To prevent a loved one from developing bedsores, it’s a good idea to check the person’s skin condition every time you visit. If you notice any sign of bedsores, or any neglect or abuse for that matter, alert the staff and document your findings. The more you’re aware, the better you can prepare yourself.
If you believe there is serious signs of abuse to your loved one, contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer today.