Preventing Bed Sores in the Nursing Home Setting
By: Jared Reynolds – Founding Member, RM Law Group LLC
Nursing Home Abuse, Wrongful Death, and Personal Injury Attorney
Making the decision to put a loved one in a nursing home may be one of the hardest decisions that a family will ever make. The level of care that a loved one requires on a daily basis usually prompts such a decision by their family.
Sometimes, our loved ones become limited in their ability to move their upper and lower body. This may be as a result of age, effects from ailments such as a stroke, or general muscle weakness. Regardless of the source, such limitations inherently affect an individual’s ability to move around while in bed, as well as their ability to get in and out of bed. Consequently, when in a nursing home or other facility, individuals with such limitations require the help of staff to ensure they move on a regular basis.
While in bed, it is crucial that individuals who have limitations with movement, are assisted to move from side to side and off of the bonier parts of their body to avoid extended periods of pressure on those areas. Extended pressure on one particular area of the body can lead to skin breakdown, including the development of bedsores (a/k/a pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers).
If your family member is in a nursing home and has trouble moving while in bed, it can help to speak with nursing staff to ensure a specific schedule is in place and being implemented to turn and reposition your loved one on a regular basis, usually the standard being every two hours.
Ultimately, you as the family have the right to participate in the care and treatment of your loved one. If you have concerns, be sure to express them to not only the staff, but also the Director of Nursing or even the Administrator. Then, be sure to follow up to ensure that your concerns were addressed.
If you or a loved one have questions or concerns about the care being provided to a loved one in a nursing home or similar setting, reach out to myself, Jared Reynolds, at JR@rmlawfirm.com, 312-508-3296, or fill out an intake form on our site at rmlawfirm.com, to arrange for a confidential, free consultation to discuss your concerns. No fees will ever be charged unless I am able to obtain a successful outcome for you.