Pressure ulcers, commonly known as bedsores, appear when skin is in prolonged contact with another surface – such as a chair or a bed. This sustained contact causes pressure to build up and cut off the blood supply in that area of the body. This commonly happens to wheelchair-bound or bedridden patients.
Fortunately, you can easily prevent pressure ulcers with quality caregiver care. So if you are a family caregiver, here are some things you can do.
- Improve blood circulation by frequently repositioning your loved one. You can also engage them in simple range of motion exercises to get their blood flowing.
- Frequently check their skin for the early signs of pressure ulcers. Check for swelling, redness, or discoloration in the heels, hips, shoulders, and tailbones.
- Treat their skin gently by using mild soaps to clean their skin and by avoiding excessive rubbing. Moisturize their skin to avoid drying out their skin.
- Encourage healthy eating and constant hydration. A well-balanced healthy diet goes a long way in the prevention of pressure ulcers and in improving your loved one’s overall health. Strive for balanced meals every day.
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