I have been handling nursing home cases for well over a decade. My own dear grandmother suffered indescribably from a decubitus ulcer while in care of others. Morphine was her earthly savior from the pain she seemed larger than life to have endured as I was told.
An article I came across today by a mortician (found here) recalled those memories. The mortician described her most memorable, first death "experience" from a woman who came in with a bed sore the size of a football.
Those mortician's words (found here) were powerful - even for me who has become at least a little "thick-skinned" after so many death and injury matters so I can focus on the legal issues and facts. These words shaved off what little thick skin I did develop and made me pause:
"Eaten alive by their own necrotic tissue" - a death toll, a slow death. Unnecessary. Simple turning and positioning and proper prevention is all that is necessary. Care. Make sure your loved one does not suffer what my own grandmother and others have. Make sure your loved one's nursing home is not simply putting him or her into a "cheerless holding pen" without compassion and human dignity. It is easy to mistake sun-filled rooms and quiet for same.
You can contact me here 24/7/365 (and I really mean that as I will answer my phone) if you have any questions and to learn how I may be able to help you or your loved one who may desire to discuss these difficult and sensitive nursing home care matters - in particular, you will find that I listen, take your phone calls and e-mails (and even text messages--BUT NOT WHILE DRIVING!!). I would be honored to help you with your matters - large or small.