Families in Georgia rely on nursing homes and care facilities to help them care for the frailest members of their families. These nursing centers were designed to provide care around the clock for those incapable of doing it themselves. Many families need to use this full-time care to ensure the health and happiness of their loved ones.
Sadly, many nursing homes are understaffed and ill-equipped to handle the number of patients they accept. Patients do not receive all the medical attention they need, and many of their basic needs are overlooked. The development of bedsores is a sign that your loved one is a victim of neglect.
Bedsores are a serious medical condition
Bedsores happen when an area of the body does not receive enough blood flow to keep it alive. Also referred to as pressure sores, the patient, if left in one position for extended periods, will develop a sore that, if left untreated, can lead to serious health issues.
A stage four bedsore can lead to serious infections. At this stage, the sore spreads through the muscles and tendons and can reach the bones. The infection is painful and may require surgery to heal if caught in enough time. Sadly, many people die each year from untreated bed sores.
Your loved one relies on you to ask questions
One of the best ways to help prevent bedsores from happening to your loved one is to ask questions about their care. The only way to stop nursing home neglect is to be proactive.
Nursing home abuse can happen for many reasons. Families who rely on these services for help must take extra precautions to ensure their loved one is treated well. If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, there are steps that you can take to protect your loved one.