Unfortunately, bedsores or sores from staying immobile for a long time in bed affect thousands of elderly people living in nursing homes or retirement homes. This is largely due to the negligence or carelessness of the caregivers. Bed sores can be prevented if staff are well trained and attentive to these details, but unfortunately this is not always the case.
The current situation
Due to a shortage of trained staff to care for older adults, many cases of abuse and neglect are occurring in nursing homes. The combination of understaffing, lack of training, and the growing needs of the elderly often create a hostile and uncomfortable environment for nursing home residents.
Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are caused, as mentioned above, by the lack of movement in residents or patients who have difficulty moving, making it difficult for them to get out of bed without the help of nursing home staff. thus causing them to have to stay in bed longer than they should, causing intense pressure and for prolonged times in certain areas of their body.
Being the places that are pressed, the most common area where pressure ulcers appear is usually the lower back and its surroundings, either by lying down or sitting on this part of the body.
The problem with these sores is that by not being treated or identified in time because caregivers are having negligent attitudes towards the elderly or patients, they can get worse by becoming infected, growing and creating gangrene or in very serious cases, cancer.
Remember that if you suspect you have this problem, you should report it as soon as possible, and in the case of a loved one, it is important to check it and ask about discomfort during your regular visits in order to prevent the sores from becoming a more serious problem. .
If you or a loved one has been the victim of negligence and this has affected you and caused unexpected damages or expenses, you can contact our attorneys and recover the compensation you deserve.