A state has sponsored legislation that would require nursing homes to use pressure redistribution mattresses to reduce the incidence of bed sores among nursing home residents. While legislators know that the new mattresses will be costly, they recognize the need for continued health and wellness of the state’s most vulnerable senior citizens. Legislators recognized that pressure sores are one of the most common ailments in nursing homes around the State, and if they are not treated properly they can lead to serious health complications and even wrongful death. The mattresses alone won’t eliminate bed sores, but they will greatly reduce the incidence of bed sores, and make their treatment much easier on the nursing home staff. Illinois should consider adapting this important legislation. To read more about the nursing home legislation, click the link.