While some nursing homes are dedicated to keeping the elderly healthy and active, others have been found to commit terrible acts of negligence towards their residents. Often, this negligence can lead to dangerous injuries and conditions like bedsores.
Bedsores, also called pressure sores and pressure ulcers, occur when someone remains in the same position long enough to cut off the circulation to certain areas of the body. This can lead to serious health issues.
What Causes Bedsores?
No matter what position a person's body is in, tiny blood vessels can be blocked by the pressure of one's weight. If nursing home staff fails to adjust a person's position regularly, this can cause a dangerous loss of circulation that leads to redness, pain, and eventually deep, open bedsores in the area of lost circulation.
It is very important for nursing home staff to regularly help weak residents move so that they can ensure proper circulation.
Complications from Pressure Ulcers
These pressure sores can occur and progress rapidly. Unfortunately, even if identified at an early stage, the sores can take a very long time to heal. Sadly, this puts the sufferer at risk of other complications such as:
- Bone infections
- Joint infections