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Bedsores: The not-so-hidden ailment on nursing home residents

When your father became a nursing home resident, you thought he was in good hands and would get the necessary care that your family could no longer provide. At times, you were torn by this decision, but your family felt a nursing home was a better option.

However, now, you are having second thoughts. Your concerns were warranted after discovering a series of bedsores on your father. How can this happen, especially when he is supposed to receive proper and consistent care from nursing home staff? Well, the staff may be poorly trained and subscribe to outright neglect.

Swelling, tenderness and odors

Bedsores develop on people who are immobile. The person may be bedridden or confined to a wheelchair. Bedsores commonly develop on the skin that covers the bonier areas of a body such as the lower back, tailbone, spine, hip, shoulder blades, heels, ankles and buttocks. In many cases, the person does not sense any pain.

Broken skin from a bedsore can lead to bacteria entering the body, and, ultimately, to serious and, perhaps, fatal infections. Those infections become more serious when contaminated with urine or feces, which sometimes happens with bed-ridden nursing home residents.

The signs of bedsores include:

  • Swelling
  • Abnormal changes to skin color; red spots usually develop
  • Pus draining from the sore areas
  • Areas of the skin that are tender
  • Skin areas that feel warmer or cooler to the touch
  • Terrible odors

When untreated, bedsores spread deep into a person’s body, ultimately, affecting muscles and bones. But these injuries do not just happen. Oftentimes, the cause is due to the inaction of neglectful, abuse, poorly trained and inattentive nursing home staff.

Protect your loved ones, and make sure they are getting the right care in the right facility.

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