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Bedsores Can Be a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect


Published in negligence,nursing home abuse on April 12, 2021.

Bedsores are typically a sign that a nursing home resident isn’t receiving the care they deserve. If this happened to your family member, you should speak to a Macon bedsore attorney to find out more about your rights.

Placing your loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision. When you do so, you also place trust in the nursing home and its staff to take good care of them. Unfortunately, this isn’t always what happens. Far too many nursing home residents are victims of abuse and neglect all over the country, and Georgia is no exception. One of the signs of nursing home neglect is bedsores or pressure ulcers. Suppose you discover that your family member has one of these painful and progressive sores. In that case, it’s time to contact a knowledgeable Macon bedsore lawyer.

What is a Bedsore?

A bedsore is an area on the body, usually a bony area that receives a lot of pressure. This pressure is constant or frequent and starts to decrease circulation to the area. When the circulation has been decreased for long enough, the skin and other underlying tissues can begin to die. Bedsores are commonly found on the:

  • Tailbone
  • Heels
  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Head
  • Hips

There are several stages of bedsore development:

Stage 1: This is the beginning of a bedsore; if appropriate action by nursing home staff is not taken, it will continue to get worse. The resident might have pain, burning, or itching, and the spot might be firmer, softer, warmer, or cooler than the skin surrounding it.

Stage 2: The tissue below the surface of the skin starts to die. The skin has an open wound or might look like a pus-filled blister.

Stage 3: The dead skin extends through the second layer of skin into the fat tissue. It might smell bad and show infection signs such as drainage, heat, or redness. Dead tissues will turn black. At this stage, pressure ulcers need to be evaluated by a doctor and would care nurse.

Stage 4: This is the most severe stage which can impact muscles and ligaments. In addition to the symptoms of the previous stage, you might be able to visualize tendons, muscles, and bones. The resident might require surgery and wound debridement to remove the dead tissues. At this stage, a bedsore can take three months or more to heal.

Why Bedsores are Linked to Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home residents typically have decreased mobility due to their age or health status. They need help turning over in bed frequently and getting in and out of bed. Residents who can’t move on their own need to be turned at least every one to two hours. Bedsores are a sign that the resident isn’t being turned or moved as frequently as they should be. This is a form of nursing home neglect that leads to injuries and damages. If you know or suspect that your loved one has a bedsore, you need an experienced Macon bedsore lawyer on your side.

Does Your Loved One Have a Bedsore? Call a Macon Bedsore Attorney for Help Today

At Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law, we know nursing home residents with bedsores deserve better care. We are here to fight for their rights. Call (478) 746-1468 or contact us online today to schedule your free case review with a compassionate Macon bedsore lawyer.