Are Bed Sores a Sign of Nursing Home Abuse?

The elderly who are living under the care of a nursing home or other assisted care living facility are the most susceptible to developing bed sores. This is due to a number of reasons, as the elderly tend to be less mobile, have thinner skin, may suffer from a medical condition that makes them more susceptible to bed sores. Also, in some cases, may not have as hearty immune systems to immediately fight against wounds.

These are part of the reasons bed sores occur frequently in nursing homes. The development of bed sores is certainly an indication that negligence may be a factor. Due care and attention is necessary to prevent bed sores from occurring.

When Nursing Home Abuse Causes Bed Sores

Have you been noticing that your loved has been suffering from bed sores? Understandably, you might wish to discern whether or not it is due to a true medical condition or due to neglect or nursing home abuse. Golomb Legal, P.C. offers some insight on the top signs that nursing home abuse may be taking place.

Signs of nursing home abuse:

  • Malnutrition
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Dry skin
  • Incontinence

Nursing home staff must respond appropriately and immediately upon, especially for patients who may be susceptible to bed sores. So, for a patient with limited mobility, the nursing staff must frequently reposition the patient and take special care to his or her posture. Staying in one position for too long is what can lead to a pressure wound, known also as a bed sore.

Long-Term Consequences of Bed Sores

If hospital staff is inattentive to bed sores, the problem may only grow worse. Bed sores most commonly appear on the heels, knees, feet, shoulders, buttocks, and back of a patient; when left untreated, the conditions can evolve very seriously into something much worse, such as the loss of a limb. It may also lead to bone infection, cellulitis—also known as inflammation of the connective tissues, and sepsis, which is a bacterial infection of the bloodstream.

Find Legal Representation Today

As Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys, our job is to ensure that all families achieve justice when they have been faced with wrongdoing. If bed sores are connected to nursing home negligence, we can investigate the circumstances and determine how best we can fight to help you obtain due compensation for the additional expenses incurred.

To begin, please contact us with a request for a free case consultation.