What should I do if my loved one who is living in a nursing home in Nassau County was neglected and developed bedsores as a result?
Bedsores are generally an issue for nursing home residents who are “bedridden, or otherwise immobile, unconscious, or unable to sense pain” [Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine]. A bedsore is an ulcer that develops on the skin as a result of pressure being placed on the same area for an extended period of time. Nursing home residents who lie in bed often, sit in a wheelchair, or are left to sit in a chair for several hours in a day are all likely to develop a bedsore over time.
Bedsores typically begin to develop when “blood supply to the skin is cut off for more than two to three hours.” It is for this reason that nursing home staff members are expected to shift or move a resident who cannot move themselves every so often to prevent this from happening. While bedsores might start as a sore spot on the skin, they can develop into something much more serious which is why staff should take preventative measures to ensure residents do not suffer from them.
What are the stages of a bedsore?
Bedsores are more prone to developing on the following areas:
- Heels of feet
- Shoulder blades
- Back of head
- Back and sides of knees
Bedsores are divided into four stages according to Johns Hopkins Medicine and they are as follows:
- Stage One. When a bedsore first develops, the “area [begins to look] red and feels warm to the touch.” If a bedsore develops on “darker skin, the area may have a blue or purple tint” and a person might complain of burning, pain, or itching.
- Stage Two. When a bedsore is left untreated, the area will begin to look “more damaged and may have an open sore, scrape, or blister.” Someone with a Stage two bedsore might complain of “significant pain and the skin around the wound may be discolored.”
- Stage Three. A bedsore that becomes a Stage three ulcer“has a crater-like appearance due to damage below the skin’s surface.”
- Stage Four. If a bedsore continues to go untreated, the area will become“severely damaged and a large wound” will develop. “Muscles, tendons, bones, and joints can be involved” and there is a high potential for an infection to develop at this stage.
In the event your relative developed a bedsore as a result of neglect, you can always contact a nursing home abuse lawyer in Nassau County, NY for legal advice. Not only might a lawyer be able to help relocate your loved one into a new facility that is more suitable for him or her, but they can also help you take legal action against the facility. To learn more about what can be done to combat the nursing home neglect your loved one was subjected to, contact The Law Offices of David L. Martin, Esq., P.C. today.
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