Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers)

Nursing homes in Illinois are required to ensure to help residents maintain their quality of life and health. One of the most prevalent problems in nursing homes is the occurrence of bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, in residents. Bedsores are an extremely painful injuries due to pressure on the skin or improper wound care. Bedsores may appear as red blister-like areas on the skin or as open sores exposing underlying tissues. Permanent scars and damage to the skin and underlying tissues may result if the bedsores continue to go untreated. Bedsores are most common amongst residents who are immobile or non-active.

Bedsores are easily preventable. However, at any given time, 1 out of 10 nursing home residents suffer from a bedsore. Regular monitoring by staff and proper care of wounds can stop bedsores from forming and/or worsening. When residents of a nursing home or long-term care facility suffer from bedsores, it is often a warning sign that the nursing home is failing in its legal duty to provide proper medical care and treatment to its residents. A nursing home or other long-term care facility (including a hospital) may have been negligent if your family member or loved one suffered from a bedsore while staying there.

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Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect:

  • Failure to provide medical treatment and follow-up care to residents
  • Injuries/falls due to a lack of supervision and attentive care by staff members
  • Injuries due to attacks by other residents
  • Lack of hygiene (including lack of baths for residents)
  • Ulcers/pressure sores
  • Use of chemical restraints (sedatives) and over-medication
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