Understanding Nursing Home Neglect

Jul 09

The decision on what to do with your loved ones when they reach a certain age is a personal one. Many choose to take care of loved ones themselves, while others opt to entrust loved ones to the care of a nursing home. If you do choose to go the nursing home route, you should be aware of any potential risks this decision might bring.

One of these risks is seen through the accumulation of bedsores on the bodies of our loved ones, often a sign of nursing home neglect. Continue reading to educate yourself on bedsores, nursing home neglect, and what you can do about it.

What are Bed Sores?

You might be a little confused on what exactly bedsores are and why they’re so dangerous. Bedsores are ulcers that result from prolonged pressure on the skin. This pressure often comes from laying in a bed for an extended period of time, being confined to a wheelchair for a long time, or less commonly, wearing a cast for many weeks.

Bedsores are extremely painful, often appearing on the more bony parts of a patient’s body. The good news is that bedsores are extremely preventable, but the bad news is — when they appear on a patient in a nursing home, that is often a sign of nursing home neglect.

Bedsores and Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing homes and their employees have a direct responsibility to help their patients avoid bedsores. A patient frequently getting bedsores in a nursing home is a sign that the home’s employees are refusing to keep their patients clean, ensure that the patient moves around, and use preventative cushions.

If you notice that your loved one has accumulated bedsores during their stay in a nursing home, there are steps that you can take to receive compensation for you and your loved one’s pain and suffering.

What to Do

Here are some steps you can take when you notice bedsores on your loved one’s body:

  • Speak to the Staff

As a loved one of the patient, you have a right to speak to the staff about the bedsores. Don’t hold back in your questioning — ask them how often your loved one moves around, is cleaned, and if any preventative cushions are offered. The nursing home should be transparent in their answers, but if they aren’t, it may be time to speak to a nursing home negligence attorney.

  • Speak to an Attorney

Many attorneys offer representation in nursing home neglect cases. Attorneys will be able to find out the root cause of the problem at the nursing home, causing the staff to answer questions they may have avoided before. Secondly, an attorney like the staff at Russo, Russo, & Slania P.C. can help you and your loved one recover damages as a result of the nursing home’s negligence.

These recovered damages can take the form of compensation for medical bills, compensation for pain and suffering, and compensation for punitive damages that hold the nursing home accountable.

Don’t hesitate if you notice your loved one is experiencing bedsores — take action today!

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