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Bed sores may be a sign of nursing home neglect

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is not an easy decision for an Illinois family. There are many things to consider when deciding which facility will best meet the needs of their loved one. One of the main concerns that a family often has when placing a loved one in someone else’s care is that their needs will be met in a kind and careful manner. Sadly, many elderly or disabled people are mistreated in these facilities, and bed sores can be a sign that someone is being neglected.  

The danger of bed sores 

Bed sores, also called pressure ulcers, can happen when someone spends a lot of time lying down or sitting in one position. When a facility is caring for someone unable to move on their own, it’s the caregiver’s responsibility to move the patient regularly to prevent bed sores. Ideally, one should be repositioned every two hours.  

When bed sores are not dealt with promptly, permanent damage to the muscles or nerves can happen. A bed sore can become infected, leading to pain and eventually sepsis if left untreated for a long period. Ultimately, bed sores may indicate that caregivers are not monitoring a patient properly. 

Help for families 

If a family believes that their loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, they must be aware of their rights. Nursing home abuse can cause pain and suffering to a vulnerable person who may not be able to speak up for themselves. Illinois families who believe their loved one is not being cared for properly have the right to seek compensation on behalf of their loved one to help pay for care and recovery.  


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