Bed sores can be very serious. Unfortunately, elderly nursing home residents are typically the ones who develop them. Bed sores are painful and result from putting too much pressure, for too long, on an area of the body that has a bone and a thin covering of flesh — such as the tailbone, heels, elbows, and shoulder blades.
The law requires that nursing homes must ensure that residents do not develop bed sores, unless the resident’s medical conditions show that the bedsores were unavoidable. It is also important to note that the law also requires the nursing home to keep bed sores from progressing while the resident is staying at the nursing home.
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