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Is a bed sore indicative of neglect?

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2022 | nursing home abuse and neglect

When you leave your elderly loved one in the care of a facility, you want to keep an eagle eye out for any potential signs that something might be amiss. This includes careful attention to sudden bruises or other signs of physical distress.

Bedsores often end up overlooked in these searches, though, due to the fact that they resemble blisters. However, they could actually indicate the possibility of neglect.

What is are bedsores?

Johns Hopkins Medicine discusses the appearance of bedsores in situations of neglect within nursing homes. Bedsores occur due to prolonged contact between the body and a harder surface without any motion. The most common location of these blister-like injuries includes the heels, hips, back, tailbone, elbows and other prominent joints.

For example, victims of neglect in nursing homes will often develop bedsores if left in bed for too long, unable to move around or shift positions on their own. The same can happen if a victim ends up left in their wheelchair for too long.

Bedsores can form after just a few hours of pressure and can range from mild to very severe. In the most severe of cases, the victim may need surgery to correct the damage done. Some damage from bedsores may never fully heal and can reach all the way down to the bone.

Bedsores due to neglect

They point to neglect due to the fact that residents should never get left on their own for hours at a time if they cannot move easily under their own power. If you notice bedsores, consider speaking to legal help to ask about your options for pursuing damages.