Pressure sores are an ailment that can almost always be prevented through proper care, yet they are often disregarded as inevitable in elderly, reduced mobility patients. There are many situations that lead to these painful and dangerous sores that nursing homes can avoid and prevent. If you are admitting a loved one to a nursing home, especially one who cannot move or walk easily, find out how the facility plans to prevent pressure sores right from the beginning at the admission process.
Pressure sores are a breakdown of the skin and tissue on areas of the body that come in contact with support surfaces. Most commonly, these will be on the backside of an individual, such as the buttocks, shoulder blades, hip, and head. These sores start as a reddish or purplish area that looks like a bruise and can progress into deep, painful wounds that can become seriously infected.