Often, older adults move into nursing homes because they need specialized or more care than their families can provide at home. They and their families entrust this care to the nursing home staff. Should they not receive the attention they need, nursing home residents sometimes develop issues such as pressure sores. Commonly referred to as bedsores, these types of wounds may cause adverse health effects.
Nursing home residents and their families should understand the risk for bedsores to help prevent their formation and the possible adverse health effects they sometimes cause.
What causes pressure sores?
According to the National Library of Medicine, nursing home residents may develop pressure sores when they place too much pressure on certain areas of skin for too long. The skin may die, and wounds develop due to the reduced blood flow caused by the pressure. Often, these sores form in bony areas such as the buttocks, hips, heels, elbow and back of the head.
Some people have a greater risk of developing bed sores than others. For instance, those who cannot move parts of their bodies without aid, have vascular disease or other conditions that affect blood flow, stay in bed for extended periods or use wheelchairs have an increased susceptibility to these types of wounds.
How are pressure sores treated?
According to WebMd.com, the treatment of bedsores depends on factors, including the severity and stage. For stage one, or less severe sores, simply washing the area with mild soap and water and gently drying often helps facilitate healing. Those who develop these
With proper care, most nursing home residents should not struggle with pressure sores. Should they suffer such sores, then, people may consider discussing their situations with an attorney. A lawyer may help them understand if nursing home neglect caused their conditions and aid them in pursuing compensation.