The decision to place a loved one in a Maryland nursing home is a complex and emotionally challenging choice. Before you moved forward with your decision, it is likely that you put a significant amount of time into your research on different facilities and what they had to offer. The main priority is to ensure that your loved one has the care and support he or she needs and deserves while under the care of the doctors, nurses and other staff.
It can be devastating to learn that your loved one is not getting the care he or she deserves. You may notice certain signs of lack of quality care at the nursing home, such as the development of bedsores. If you see this or other signs of negligence, it may be in your interests to pursue legal action. While a patient may not be able to speak for himself or herself, you can be an advocate on his or her behalf.
The development of pressure ulcers
Bed sores, also called pressure ulcers, are concerning signs because they typically indicate that an individual has been in one position for too long. Nursing home patients may not be able to move themselves, and they may need assistance changing, going to the restroom and getting exercise. These ulcers likely mean the staff has neglected to move your loved one, allowing him or her to sit or lie in one place for too long. Bedsores could become quite severe, leaving the victim in serious pain and with a possible infection.
Repositioning is key to preventing bedsores. Nursing home staff should regularly rotate those who cannot move themselves. They must also assist with changing dressings and clothing as needed, ensuring the patient is getting the necessary nutrition, as well as regular therapy and exercise.
What can family members do?
Bedsores are a sign that something is wrong in the nursing facility in which you placed your loved one. If you believe that your family member is a victim of negligent care, you could have grounds to pursue legal action against the facility and other liable parties. An assessment of the specific situation will reveal what options you have and how you can fight for justice on behalf of your loved one. Nursing home residents do not have to suffer from poor quality care in silence.