When someone is left laying in the same position for an extended period of time, perhaps a day or longer, then they are in danger of contracting bed sores (also known as pressure ulcers). This can also lead to infections, such as meningitis and cellulitis.
When the body gets no movement, blood flow is prevented. When that happens, the skin doesn’t get the oxygen and nutrients it needs.
Unfortunately, this can be the result of neglect from a care facility.
How can you prevent bed sores?
- Keep skin dry and clean: gently wipe your skin with a warm, soapy cloth. Have someone help as it may be difficult to reach some spots.
- Exercise: While it may be impossible to get out of bed, there are some movements you can perform. Something as simple as arm lifts once or twice a day can help.
- Pillows: Placing pillows between body parts can prevent them from pressing against each other. Under your tailbone, between knees and between ankles are recommended.
- Change Positions: Try moving your body’s position every few hours. Get help if you can’t move on your own.
Have you, or someone you care about, contracted bed sores? If so, was it under the care of a caretaker or facility? It may be important to contact someone if you suspect neglect.
If you or a loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, to include the prevalence of bedsores, you may be able to recover compensation for the damage done. Get your free consultation with a Louisville Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer at Rob Shelton Law to get started today, put our experience to work for you & get the help you need.