Homecare of the Elderly: Prevention of Bedsores
Sep 05, 2023
Caring for our elderly loved ones is a top priority, even amidst our hectic lives. As age catches up with them, their health becomes paramount, especially when they face limited mobility or extended periods of bed rest. For those who are bedridden or battling chronic illnesses, bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, can be a distressing concern.
So, how can we ensure our loved ones stay comfortable and bedsores are kept at bay? The answer lies in prevention.
Understanding Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers)
Bedsores primarily affect individuals with restricted movement, such as those bedridden or in wheelchairs, who can't change positions independently. These sores develop due to sustained pressure on specific body parts, causing skin and underlying tissues to break down, often resulting in painful, open wounds.
Why Do the Elderly Get Bedsores?
Aging skin is less resilient and protective, making the elderly more susceptible to bedsores. Immobility further compounds this risk, as prolonged pressure on a specific area restricts blood flow, leading to tissue damage and cell death. Factors like paralysis, incontinence, chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart disease), and frailty increase the risk.
Recognizing Early Signs of Bedsores
Vigilance is key. Look out for:
- Changes in Skin Color: Watch for blue, purple, pink, or red discoloration.
- Fluctuations in Skin Temperature: Excess warmth or coolness can indicate issues.
- Changes in Tissue Consistency: Affected areas may feel different from surrounding skin.
- Unusual Sensations: Numbness, burning, itching, or pain may occur.
- Blisters or Abrasions: Minor wounds that can worsen.
- Bruising: Deep bruises can signal significant damage.
7 Steps of Home Care to Prevent Bedsores
- Encourage Movement: If they can't move on their own, assist them in changing positions.
- Regular Skin Checks: Inspect the skin for early signs and keep it clean and moisturized.
- Pressure-Reducing Bedding: Use specialized materials to alleviate pressure.
- Skin Hygiene: Keep the skin dry and clean.
- Balanced Diet: Ensure they maintain a healthy diet.
- Manage Chronic Conditions: Effectively control underlying health issues.
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- Alcohol-free, no-sting, and non-sticky formula.
- Protective action starts under a minute
- Non-greasy, non-medicated, and non-allergenic.
- Suited for India's hot and humid climate.
- Safe for daily use on all skin types.
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