Ann Arbor residents have likely heard the term "bedsores" before, especially if they have elder relatives in assisted living facilities. It may sound relatively minor compared to many of the shocking, headline-grabbing stories we hear all too often of nursing home neglect and abuse.
The truth is that bedsores, or pressure ulcers, are not only a serious condition, but they may also be a warning sign that neglect in a relative's care is more widespread than is otherwise apparent. So it's worth asking, to be clear, just what causes bedsores? How does one prevent them, and what should be done if you notice a failure to prevent bedsores with one of your elder relatives?