Naperville, IL asked in Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for Illinois

Q: Is there a legal number of times my mother's bed should be changed in her nursing home?

She is incontinent and we are worried about bed sores.

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Jonathan Rosenfeld
Jonathan Rosenfeld
  • Elder Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I think you may be referring to patient 'off-loading' or turning. This is done to help keep the blood circulating in patients who are immobile or disabled. The idea is that by moving the patient regularly, the underlying tissue will remain healthy and bed sores will not form.

Depending on the patient's health, a nursing home should devise a care plan to address the requirements that should be in place for the patient in order for them to maintain the highest level of functioning and well-being. If a patient is disabled or incontinent, they are at a heightened risk for developing pressure sores. Many facilities will order that these patients received a special mattress and / or have the patient rotated as frequently as every two hours.

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