LONG BEACH >> Imelda Anton was in pain.
Nearly a year ago, the 90-year-old retired Carmelite nun from Long Beach developed a Stage 4 pressure ulcer wound, or bed sore, at her sacrum bone in her lower back while she was in a hospital recovering from a hip fracture.
But Anton, who went by the religious name Sister Cecilia, was able to find relief when she transferred to Shoreline Healthcare Center in Long Beach and received help from Skilled Wound Care, a Los Angeles-based medical group that consults long-term care nurses on the treatment of wounds.
In nine months, her bed sore shrank from the size of a baseball to 1-centimeter wide.
“I’m grateful to be here,” said Anton, who rested on a pressure relief mattress that helps her lower back feel better while she recovers from the bed wound. “I’m bedridden for the time being, but I’m improving all the time.”