It can be very difficult to place a loved one in a nursing home or other care facility. Many Bernalillo families agonize over whether they can provide the support their loved ones need before eventually choosing to select a facility that provides necessary medical and personal care. While many licensed nursing homes offer their residents and patients quality support and personal respect, others fail to meet their duty of care and cause those under their supervision to suffer preventable harm.
There are a variety of injuries that a person may suffer in an abusive or neglectful nursing home, but this post will focus on one common ailment that may be the sign of a problem: bed sores. Technically termed pressure sores, bed sores develop when a person sits or lies in the same position for too long and the section of body under pressure loses its supply of blood. The resulting injury can be an area of pain that, if left unaddressed, may develop into an infection in the surrounding muscles and skin.