Tips for Reducing the Risk of Pressure Ulcers for Your Senior

Bedsores also referred to as pressure ulcers, can be very painful and potentially dangerous conditions for your senior. These open wounds are caused by pressure placed on a particular part of the body by being in the same position for long stretches of time, such as when your parent has to remain in bed or in a wheelchair due to illness, injury, or other problem.

 

Homecare in North York: Senior Bedsores

Homecare in North York: Senior Bedsores

 

Not only can these wounds cause your aging parent pain, but they can become infected, putting your parent’s health, and even their lives, at risk. Your parent is at particular risk of these sores if they deal with certain health issues or challenges, making it critical for you to include reducing this risk a regular part of your care approach for them.

 

Use these tips to help reduce the risk of suffering pressure ulcers for your aging parent:

    • Encourage your aging parent to shift their weight or change position at least every 15 minutes when they are sitting or lying down. If they are unable to do this on their own, assist them in doing it. A senior care provider can be a valuable source of assistance for this purpose.
    • If your parent has the upper body strength, encourage them to do “push-ups” while sitting. With their hands on either side of them, having them press themselves up to relieve pressure. Talk to their doctor about adding a bar above their bed to allow for “pull-ups” if they will be in bed for an extended time.
    • Consider a tilting wheelchair. These chairs allow you to tilt the seat at various positions to relieve pressure after long stretches of sitting.
    • Use cushions to prop your parent into different positions. This can be particularly beneficial for their elbows, hips, and heels, which are especially prone to these sores.
    • Consider replacing a conventional bed with one that allows for elevation of the head. Tilting their head at 30 degrees reduces the risk of shearing, which is pressure caused when the skin pulls against the bones beneath.

 

If you’ve been looking for ways to enhance your aging parents quality of life, keep them safer and healthier, and boost their independence, now may be the ideal time for you to start senior care. A senior home care services provider can step in to supplement the care you already give your aging parents, fill the care gaps that might exist, and support your aging parents in being more active and engaged with the world around them.

Having this care provider available allows your aging parent to stay more active, take on more of their own responsibilities, and stay more independent without having it to always rely on you. Not only it does this boost their quality of life, but it also reduces your stress as their family at caregiver.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in North York, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at (905)-709-1767.

 

Source:
Webmd.com
Mayoclinic.org

 

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