Bed Sores — A Clear Sign Of Negligence In Long-Term Care
Decubitus ulcers, another term for bed sores, are common a sign that nursing home residents are not receiving proper care. Letting the skin ulcer get started is negligent. Failing to monitor and notice it is also wrong. Failing to report it is harmful. Failing to treat a bed sore often leads to infection and worsening health.
At Gentry Arnold PLLC in Memphis, we are prepared to get to the bottom of it if your loved one suffered bed sores in a nursing home. Our plaintiffs’ attorneys, James Gentry and David Arnold, have nearly 30 years of combined experience. They can help you file an injury lawsuit or wrongful death claim. They will help you fight for change at the nursing home where your family member developed harmful bed sores.
Nursing Homes’ Responsibility For Residents’ Well-Being
Elderly and disabled residents are generally in nursing homes because they are in a state of declining health or are unable to care for themselves. When you entrusted your loved one to the care of a long-term care facility, you did so expecting that he or she would be cared for. You rightfully expected the nursing home to follow accepted standards of care, with the understanding that:
- Residents of nursing homes need special care and attention.
- Proper monitoring is part of care.
- When a situation develops such as deterioration of skin, nursing home staff and administrators should take necessary measures to let it heal and prevent further problems.
Did Your Loved One Suffer Pressure Sores Because Of Elder Abuse Or Because Of Understaffing?
An older person’s skin is typically more fragile to begin with. Cleanliness, frequent turning of the body in bed and monitoring are all ways to prevent bed sores. Sometimes reddening of the skin indicates a bed sore is developing despite proper care.
When a care giver notices a bed sore is developing, he or she should report it to nurses or other supervisors. With vigilance and corrective care, the bed sore may heal before it erupts and invites infection. Ignoring a developing pressure sore is a form of negligence. The same is true when nursing home staff or systems fail to prevent it or treat it.
Who Was Responsible For The Resident’s Bed Sores?
You may be tempted to blame the personal care assistants who did not notice or report a decubitus ulcer that led to a serious infection and possibly death. In fact, the problem usually goes beyond neglect by individual nursing home employees. They often have the best of intentions, but take shortcuts because of a too-heavy caseload. Administrators and managers often choose understaffing for the sake of profit. A staffing shortage can be a form of elder abuse that leads to residents developing bed sores.