This is about as simple as it gets: there is never a reason you or someone you love should have bed sores while in the hands of a care facility.
It might shock you to think about nursing home neglect still being an issue in 2017, but it is. And for anyone that has had to suffer through the pain, it is all too real.
Step one is identifying the issue. Bed sores often occur when the patient or resident is not turned properly and/or often enough. It can start as a simple blemish and evolve into a serious skin and body infection.
Nursing homes have the responsibility to ensure bedsores do not develop in patients who cannot move without restriction or that are confined to a wheelchair or bed. Pressure sores are preventable with proper care of the elderly nursing home patient. Nursing home staff needs to also be properly trained to care for the residents and avoid this annoyance.
Bedsores frequently manifest on the patient’s hips, buttocks, lower back, or tailbone as part of constantly pressure from remaining seated or lying for prolonged periods of time. There’s no point in asking the care facility if there’s a problem or for them to identify the issue. If they are at fault, they will try to avoid or shift the blame. If you see a mark, document it right away with a camera.
The next step is to ensure you have someone that will fight for you and who will make those responsible, pay.
Don’t wait and wonder—call the legal team with decades of experience dealing with bed sores and nursing home abuse—Lloyd & Lloyd Law: 918-246-0200.