Q: I noticed that my dad (in a nursing home) developed a bed sore. Is this a sure sign of neglect?
A: It depends on the Stage (1-4 with 4 being the worst), the location (pressure point), and whether he had a medical condition that prevented him from being turned or significantly impaired his circulation. Give me a call to discuss.
No. This is not a "sure sign" of neglect but it is a sign to watch for other things that suggest neglect. That is: first, listen to your Father (if he is able to communicate); next, watch for bruises, weight loss and generally signs of abuse; finally, increasing bed sores, infection(s) may suggest neglect.
A bed sore should usually not occur with a patient but a single instance is not a "sure sign."
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