Bedsores & nursing home abuse: What to do?

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Bedsores could be a sign of deeper abuse to your loved one who is a resident of a nursing home or assisted living facility. If signs of nursing home abuse can be recognized early, action can be taken to relocate the victim to put an end to the abuse and be compensated for physical and emotional damages. The signs of abuse in a nursing home range in severity and noticeability. Ranging from occasional neglect of basic needs, to severe physical abuse.

The first signs to be seen are often physical, but there may also be signs detected in your loved one.

What are bedsores?

Bedsores may happen when a person is bedridden or otherwise immobile, unconscious, or unable to sense pain. Bedsores are ulcers that occur on areas of the skin that are under pressure from lying in bed, sitting in a wheelchair, or wearing a cast for a long time. Other names for bedsores are – pressure injuries, pressure sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers. 

Bedsores can be related to the quality of care the person receives, and cause serious problems for frail, older adults.

Neglect is a common cause of bedsores

When a resident is left unattended for periods of time longer than what is deemed necessary for their care program, they are being neglected. If a bedridden person is not turned, positioned correctly, and given good nutrition and skin care, bedsores can develop.

What to do

It is important to notify authority if you know someone who is being abused in a nursing home. Notifying authorities will allow the process of healing to begin and will begin the process of holding those responsible accountable. 

Complaints can be filed against:

  • Nursing home administrative staff
  • Nursing home caregivers and medical staff
  • Other nursing home residents

It is essential to report nursing home abuse as soon as it is detected, otherwise it is likely to continue. Report signs of such abuse as soon as possible.

Seek Legal assistance

If you believe your loved one has been neglected and deprived of quality care, and now has bedsores as a result of that neglect while residing in a NJ nursing home, consider contacting a bed sore lawyer for immediate legal assistance. Cohen and Cohen Attorneys specialize in this area of law and are familiar with state-specific laws pertaining to assisted living facilities. 

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