What are Bed Sores and what do they Mean

When a family member is debilitated due to injury or they have limited capacities because of age, many family members may put their loved ones in nursing homes to be properly cared for. This is a difficult decision, but if the care that is require is beyond the ability for the family to provide themselves, these homes can be a good option. Unfortunately, family members may have to be on the lookout for signs of abuse or neglect. Perhaps one of the most telling signs of neglect from a care facility are bed sores.

What is a Bedsore

A bedsore is a contusion, but unlike a standard cut, the sores occur when prolonged periods of pressure are placed on particular areas of the body. Often times, the sores appear on bony parts of the body that don’t have a great deal of cushion from the fatty tissue.

Possible Complications

Not only are bedsore extremely painful, but, if left untreated, the sores can morph into lymph node or skin cancer, sepsis, bone infections and gangrene. In some situations, especially if the bedsores have been allowed to proliferate without treatment for an extended period of time, the only option is to amputate the affected limb.

Signs of Neglect

One of the reasons why these sores are often a sign of neglect is because even in the most frail of individuals, these contusions can be easily avoided. A care facility should provide regular sheet changes to keep bed sheets dry and clean, which helps to reduce the likelihood of bedsores. In addition, especially if an individual is incapable of moving on their own, the care facility should frequently shift the patient to avoid extended periods of pressure on specific areas of the body.

A bedsore doesn’t necessarily indicate neglect, but it is something to inquire about. If your loved one is placed in the care of a long-term facility, you will expect them to be treated well. However, with so many incidents of neglect and abuse, the existence of a bedsore on your loved one could raise questions that demand answers. If you are concerned about abuse or neglect of your loved one, you may want to ask questions yourselves and you may even want to consider hiring an attorney to delve deeper into these issues.