When you place a parent or other older loved one in a California residential care setting, you probably do so because you feel you are unable, for whatever reason, to provide the level of care this person needs on your own. The Steven D. Davis Law Group A Professional Corporation recognizes that, when you pick a nursing home for your loved one, you, in doing so, place a good deal of trust in that business, but there are certain signs that can indicate that something might be amiss.
Regrettably, many nursing home residents do not receive the degree of care they require, whether due to understaffing issues, negligent staff members or what have you. According to the Mayo Clinic, one possible sign that your loved one is not receiving the care he or she requires in a nursing home setting is the development of bedsores.
Bedsores, also called pressure ulcers, are injuries that can develop if certain parts of the skin experience pressure for an extended amount of time. Common among older adults with disabilities and mobility issues who do not get sufficient mobility assistance, bedsores can, in some instances, lead to gravely serious health complications.
In some cases, for example, infections caused by bedsores can cause a resident to develop bone or joint infections, which can reduce the functions of their extremities, damage cartilage and lead to a host of other serious complications. Cellulitis, a skin infection, is another potential complication associated with bedsores, as are cancer and sepsis. You can find more information about nursing home negligence on our webpage.