Pressure Sores RiskWhy are the elderly most at risk of pressure sores?
Pressure Sores risk?
Older people are at a greater risk of developing pressure sores, particularly if they have difficulty moving due to injury, illness or sedation. Elderly people are most at risk because they:
- Have thinner skin, meaning they are much more vulnerable to damage caused by minor skin pressure.
- Are often underweight, which means there won’t be a lot of padding on their bones to protect from constant pressure.
- Are prone to problems with poor nutrition, which may affect their skin quality and blood vessels and result in less effective healing. Experts warn that even if an elderly patient is well nourished and has good overall health, the sore could still take a lot longer to heal compared with the healing times of younger people.
Claiming For Pressure Sores
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If you are unsure if you have a claim for your or your loved one’s pressure sores, then call our team for free, no obligation advice on making a claim. They will ask you some simple questions about the level of care you or your loved one received and will be able to tell you if you have a claim or not. Call 24/7 0800 122 3130.
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