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Posted On February 15, 2021

Immobility Can Be Deadly for Nursing Home Residents

Bedsores, cardiovascular diseases, mental health effects, and even death are some of the consequences of immobility for nursing home residents. Elderly residents, especially those who are sick and immobile, need much care and personalized management. When these elderly patients don’t get adequate care, they are likely to suffer immobility-caused health conditions.

Poor Care in Nursing Homes

While it’s impossible to monitor a patient every minute daily, immobile patients should be checked at least every 2 hours. Since immobile patients are incapable of doing everything for themselves, their needs are more difficult to meet. As such, nursing staff must strive to meet their needs by continuously monitoring them during the day.

Most of the time, nurses offer these patients limited care, forgetting that the neglect of elderly immobile patients can result in serious health problems. These patients require more than just the provision of meals and change of dressing as well as urine bags. They need to be turned over from time to time and their position changed every two hours.

Consequences of Prolonged Immobility  

  1. Bedsores

Immobile patients are highly likely to develop bedsores, especially if they don’t receive sufficient care from nursing homes. If unaddressed or untreated, bedsores develop into advanced-stage bedsores also called pressure ulcers. Nursing staff can keep patients from developing pressure ulcers by providing them with adequate care.

Untreated bedsores can progress quickly, eventually exposing muscle and bone. They can also cause painful infections and massive suffering. A person whose loved one is suffering from the effects of unaddressed or inadequately treated bedsores may sue the nursing home with the help of a nursing home abuse lawyer.

  1. Mental Health Impacts

Lack of human interaction, especially during this period of limited social interactions to curb the spread of Covid-19 in nursing homes, may result in mental health risks for immobile patients. They may feel lonely, isolated, and abandoned. These feelings may lead to anxiety and depression.  

  1. Cardiovascular Effects

If a patient is incapable of moving around for prolonged periods, there will be a drop in blood circulation in his or her body. This decline in blood flow results in multiple side effects. For instance, organs like kidneys fail to function efficiently, causing a drop in the volume of urine output. The immobile patient may also develop blood clots, which can be fatal in many cases.

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