All care home providers have a responsibility to ensure that they protect their residents from harm. Unfortunately, some care home providers and their staff do not always provide an appropriate level of care, which can lead to an injury, long-term health issue and can in some instances, be fatal.
Types of abuse or neglect
Our care home abuse and negligence lawyers deal with a wide range of care home abuse and neglect compensation claims including, but not limited to
- Abuse – emotional, financial, physical and sexual;
- Bed sores – also known as pressure sores or ulcers;
- Dehydration and malnourishment;
- Falls, slips and trips as a result of a lack of adequate supervision;
- Manual handling errors resulting in an injury or fracture when transferring care home residents around the home;
- Medication and prescription errors.
Signs that may indicate neglect or abuse
Common signs of abuse or neglect within a care home can include, but is not limited to
- Bed sores, pressure sores and ulcers;
- Cuts and bruises;
- Medication errors;
- Personal hygiene issues;
- Signs of fearfulness or a change in the residents’ behaviour.
Bed sores, pressure sores and ulcers
Bed sores, also known as pressure sores or ulcers, can occur when an individual is in contact with a bed for a long period of time. Those who are elderly, ill, immobile or vulnerable are most at risk if they are not appropriately cared for.
Failure to monitor or turn a patient or resident regularly while in a hospital, care or a nursing home can result in a bed sore, pressure sore or an ulcer developing. If a sore has developed then our specialist team of Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers may be able to help you bring a compensation claim.
Bed sores, pressure sores and ulcers can be extremely painful and may even result in an infection, which can significantly restrict the movement of a patient or care home resident. The majority of bed sores, pressure sores and ulcers can be avoided with the appropriate risk assessments and preventative care interventions.