Many Queens area residents have made the difficult decision to place a loved one in a skilled nursing facility. Many elderly people will need to be in one of these facilities when they are no longer able to care for themselves safely. Most of the time nursing homes are safe and caring environments for seniors. But occasionallyand abuse can occur.
What are bedsores?
Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, involve damage to the skin and underlying soft tissue. Bedsores are more common near the tailbone, ankles, and heels. They occur in people who have remained in one position for an extended period of time. Nursing home residents who are bedridden or continuously in a wheelchair are especially vulnerable.
Stages of bedsores
Stage 1. Painful patch of unbroken skin that can be sensitive to touch.
Stage 2. Outer layer of skin has worn away and there is damage to the second layer of skin. There can be a shallow indentation or blister.
Stage 3. This stage is a serious injury that has a deep opening that reveals fat and yellowish dead tissue.
Stage 4. This is a large wound that has extensive tissue destruction. Muscle, bone or tendon may be exposed.
include infection, sepsis, cellulitis, and cancer.
If a family member believes their loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can help the family understand what happened and hold the facility responsible for their negligence.