Aging, and the problems that go along with it, are a fact of life. For many of us, the only choice we have is to entrust the care of our elderly loved ones to a nursing home. Unfortunately, many elderly people are neglected and abused by the very people who are supposed to care for them. Worse still, many victims of nursing home abuse are unable to report it themselves because of dementia or other cognitive disabilities.
Nursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms, including failure to attend to a patient’s personal hygiene needs, failing to provide proper nutrition and hydration, and failing to take steps to prevent falls. One of the most devastating results of failing to properly care for an elderly patient is the development of bed sores, or decubitus ulcers. If bed sores are not treated immediately, they can develop into life threatening conditions. Bed sores are almost always avoidable, and their presence is evidence of substandard care.