Deciding to place an aging parent in long-term nursing care can be tough. After all, nursing homes often represent the final stage before a loved one passes. Still, when you move your parent into a nursing home, you want to be sure he or she receives the best possible care.
As you may suspect, correctly documenting nursing home abuse can be challenging. Still, according to the National Council on Aging, an estimated 10% of individuals over the age of 60 have experienced some type of elder abuse or neglect. Bedsores are often an early indicator of a problem. Here are some reasons bedsores tend to form:
Aging individuals often have mobility issues. If your elderly mother or father sits or lies in one position constantly, he or she may develop bedsores on pressure points. The tailbone, elbows, hips, shoulder blades and back are common areas for bedsores to form.
Moisture may contribute to the formation of bedsores. If your aging loved one is incontinent or sweats, good hygiene is important. Of course, busy nursing home professionals may neglect to keep your mother or father dry and clean. Therefore, if you suspect poor hygiene, you should watch for bedsores to develop.
Skin usually loses elasticity with age. Therefore, if your parent rubs his or her skin across a rough surface, a bedsore may eventually form. Even worse, untreated sores may become infected, causing your parent to experience a variety of health consequences.
Finally, certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, increase an individual’s chances of developing bedsores. If your aging parent has a medical condition that makes him or her more susceptible to bedsores, nursing home professionals must take additional steps to keep your loved one safe and healthy.
Bedsores may develop without nursing home abuse or neglect. Still, if your elderly mother or father develops this type of injury, you may want to investigate whether there are other issues at the nursing home.