Theodoros and Rooth, P.C.

Elder Abuse is a Worrisome Reality

Growing up is hard. Since the day you were born, your parents raised you and provided for all of your needs. Now the shoe is on the other foot and your parents need you to take care of them. For many families with parents in need of care, it is just not feasible to bring their parents to live in their homes. However, it is frightening to leave them in the care of total strangers. If you think your parents are being mistreated, Merrillville nursing home negligence attorneys can help you determine if you have a case.

One of the more common ailments affecting nursing home residents is pressure sores, commonly known as “bedsores.” Bedsores are injuries to skin and underlying tissues that result from prolonged pressure on the skin ― usually where it covers bony areas of the body, such as the heel, ankles, hips or buttocks. To prevent bedsores, it is best if a nursing home resident can stay active, but if that is not feasible, there are other strategies. The Mayo Clinic recommends repositioning as the most effective way to avoid bedsores. For those in wheelchairs, repositioning should take place as much as every 15 minutes, while for those in beds, every two hours. Wheelchairs and beds can be supplemented with special cushions to relieve some of the pressure, and bony areas can be covered with padding as well. Another important tactic is appropriate skin care, including bathing and moisturizing. Before choosing a nursing home, you may want to ask the staff how they identify if a resident is at risk for skin injuries and what they do to prevent them.

No institution will give your parents the high level of care that you may be able to provide. But that doesn’t mean your elderly parents need to suffer unnecessarily in a nursing home. If you suspect that your loved ones are being neglected, Indiana pressure injury attorneys can help you determine if you have a case.

The law firm of Theodoros & Rooth has been serving the people of Indiana and Illinois for over 30 years. We offer aggressive representation when you need it most. Your initial legal consultation is free and we handle personal injury cases on contingency-fee basis — meaning you do not pay attorney fees unless compensation is recovered for your losses through a verdict or settlement. Call us at (219) 212-2462 or contact us online to set up an appointment.