Caregiver’s guide to Bedsore management

Caregiver’s guide to Bedsore management

Bedsores are common in those people who don’t take care of their skin and health. However, most bedsores are treatable but some cannot be healed. So, you must follow all the tips for bedsores management to prevent bedsores and heal them early.  

Caregiver’s guide to bedsore prevention and care 

To prevent bedsores you should frequently reposition the patient to avoid stress on the skin and use some strategies to take care of the skin by maintaining good nutrition and fluid intake, managing stress, quitting smoking, and exercising regularly.  

Here are some tips for repositioning in a bed or chair: 

  • Shift your weight frequently: You should reposition yourself every once an hour.
  • Lift yourself, if possible: If you have enough body strength, then do wheelchair pushups by raising your body above the seat by pushing your arms off the chair armrests.
  • Look for a specially designed wheelchair: Some wheelchairs are designed in a way that you can tilt them to relieve pressure.
  • Select cushions or a mattress that relieves pressure: Use cushions or a specially designed mattress to relieve pressure which keeps your body well positioned. However, do not use doughnut cushions, as they can apply pressure to the surrounding tissue.
  • Adjust the elevation of your bed: If your bed can raise your head, make sure it only raises around 30 degrees, no more than that because more elevation causes shearing.

Here are some tips for skin care including: 

  • Keep your skin clean and dry: Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser and keep it dry afterward. However, avoid using a cleansing routine regularly to limit the skin’s exposure to moisture, urine, and stool.  
  • Protect the skin: To protect the skin from urine and stool you should use moisture barrier creams. Change your bedding and clothes frequently if needed. Watch out for the buttons, clothes tags, and wrinkles in the bedding that irritates your skin.  
  • Inspect your skin daily: Take a good look at your skin daily to notice any early signs of a pressure sore.  

Bed sores are a type of skin damage brought on by continuous pressure on a particular location or region. They are also referred to as pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers. The skin that covers your body’s bony regions, such as your heels, hips, ankles, and tailbone, is typically where bedsores form.   

Bedsores are typically formed over time in patients who spend most of their time in a chair or bed. Although these sores are treatable, in some situations they never entirely recover. However, there are measures you may take to stop bedsores and speed up recovery.  

You can get extensive information about the benefits of elderly care at both Doral Health and House Calls Home Care. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses can benefit from enrolling in a managed long-term care program since it ensures they will always receive the same quality of care. Get your doctor’s approval before beginning any new fitness program. If you have any additional inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us at, over the phone on +1 718-922-9200


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