Elder abuse and neglect, while incredibly unfortunate, is happening throughout California. Bed sores is one of the types of elder abuse that most commonly happens in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
Bed sores, also called decubitus ulcers and pressure ulcers can be caused in a variety of ways. They usually result from a person’s skin either creating friction on a surface such as sheet or cast, or by laying in bed for an extended amount of time without proper care. Areas without as much fat or muscle are the most susceptible to bed sores, however they can really occur anywhere on the body.
How can you tell if a bed sore is forming?
Bed sores usually start out by forming a pink discoloration on part of a person’s skin. Depending on how long the area has had pressure on it, it may disappear within 2-3 hours once that area has been relieved. If the person continues to lay on that area without the proper care, they may eventually start to develop a deep wound in their skin, and sometimes even into their bone and/or internal organs.
Similar to a burn, a bed sore begins very mild (picture a first-degree burn) and worsens / deepens over time (third-degee burn).
Preventing Bed Sores from Occurring
The best way in preventing bed sores from occurring is by changing position approximately every two hours. Depending on the elderly person’s condition, they may need more or less supervision and help. Other ways to prevent bed sores include healthy eating, good hygiene, staying hydrated, and adding padding to areas susceptible to bed sores.
Have you or a loved one been a victim on elder abuse or neglect in California?
If so you are not alone – the Peck Law Group can help. Their elder abuse attorneys specialize in helping people that have been abused or neglected, including bed sores / pressure ulcers. With close to 50 years experience in helping victims of abuse, the Peck Law Group can handle your case in the best, most effective way possible. Call the Peck Law Group today for your free case evaluation at 866-999-9085 or by using the contact form on this website.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.