If your loved one lives in a nursing home and you find bedsores on their body, it may mean that neglect is occurring. You should ask your loved one’s caretakers for the reason that bedsores are emerging and what they are doing to treat your loved one’s bedsores.
Bedsores are preventable and typically only occur in situations where your loved one is not treated with care. They are a sign of neglect.
Caretakers at nursing home facilities have an obligation to be aware of patients who may develop bedsores and take steps to reposition them often. If bedsores do occur, nursing home staff should be aware of it and take steps to treat them. Left untreated, bedsores can lead to worsening wounds and further complications, such as infections.
If you continue to see bedsores across multiple visits or feel that the bedsores are not receiving attention and treatment by nursing home staff, it could signal a larger problem like ongoing neglect or even abuse.
Recognizing Forms of Abuse and Neglect
Bedsores could be a sign that passive neglect is occurring on behalf of the assisted living facility. Passive neglect occurs when caretakers fail to tend to their duties with a level of care necessary to maintain the long-term health and well-being of your loved one.
Passive neglect is not the only form of mistreatment that occurs in nursing homes. Other forms of nursing home mistreatment include:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Willful deprivation
- Financial exploitation
Knowing the signs of these types of abuse, especially if you have already seen the presence of bedsores on your loved one, will help you advocate for your loved one in the nursing facility. If you detect any indicators of mistreatment, we recommend you call law enforcement immediately.
Possible Signs of Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, and Neglect
If you see any of the following symptoms in your loved one, it may indicate that the nursing home caretakers are not treating him or her with due care. Some examples of elder abuse include:
- A messy, disheveled appearance, including dirty clothes and uncombed hair.
- The presence of physical signs of abuse, such as cuts, bruises, burns, scratches, and scrapes.
- The presence of bedsores, especially over the course of multiple visits.
- Changes in your loved one’s behavior.
- A lack of interest in activities that your loved one typically enjoys, such as group activities with other residents.
- Signs of anxiety and trauma, such as recoiling from your touch, fidgeting, and rocking back and forth for no apparent reason.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Apparent signs of confusion, which could be a symptom of sleep deprivation caused by trauma and anxiety.
- A seemingly depressed mood.
- Uncharacteristic outbursts, especially violent ones.
- Poor personal hygiene, which may suggest that caretakers are not administering basic care.
In addition to these possible signs of physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect, it is important that you also watch out for warning signs that caretakers are financially exploiting your loved one.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Staff Are Mistreating Your Loved One
If you suspect mistreatment of any sort, we suggest you call the authorities immediately. After doing so, contacting a lawyer may help you begin a civil case in pursuit of financial awards for your loved one’s losses. A lawyer may assist you by:
- Meeting with you and your loved one to document your accounts of what has happened.
- Consulting medical professionals to assess and document any injuries sustained by your loved one that may constitute abuse or neglect, including bedsores.
- Initiating your case to ensure that it abides by any relevant statutes of limitation.
- Alerting the nursing home administrators to pending legal action and requesting the cooperation of staff and other residents.
- Obtaining any witness accounts of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
- Handling all legal responsibilities required to pursue the financial awards for which your loved one may be eligible.
- Ensuring that we protect your loved one’s rights throughout the legal process.
Each state has unique statutes that may apply to your case and limit your window of time to bring a case against a nursing home, so call our team at the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 842-6336 to begin your case. You pay nothing upfront, nothing out of pocket, and we only collect a fee if you receive awards.