Elderly Care in Buckeye AZ
Pressure sores are a challenging and potentially dangerous issue of older adults. These are caused when a senior who is not able to be as mobile as they should be remains in the same position for an extended period of time, putting excess pressure on the skin on that area of the body. This pressure then causes the skin to degrade, break down, and tear. Very quickly this can develop into open sores that are not only very painful, but can put your aging parent at serious risk for infection and illness. Understanding these sores and integrating ways to prevent and address them into your usual care approach is an important part of protecting your parent’s health and well-being as they age in place.
Use these tips to help you prevent and care for pressure sores:
• Keep the skin clean. Sweat and dirt increase the chances that your parent will develop pressure sores, while bacteria, germs, and other contaminants put them at further risk of infection should these sores happen. Make an effort to keep your parent’s skin clean at all times, even if that means giving them sponge baths or using no-rinse washcloths so that they do not have to get out of bed.
• Keep the skin dry. Elderly skin is naturally thinner and more vulnerable than younger adult skin, and this vulnerability is only increased when the skin is wet. Wet skin has more friction than dry skin, intensifying the pressure and increasing the chances of tears and pulls from sliding or shifting. Make sure that after your parent bathes they dry their skin thoroughly, and that any other sources of wetness including sweat are managed promptly. Ask their doctor about using cornstarch baby powder to keep moisture at bay and reduce friction on the skin.
• Change positions frequently. Bedsores develop because of consistent pressure on the same area of skin for long periods of time. This is a particular problem among those who are bedridden or who have to be in a wheelchair. Encourage your parent to change position as frequently as possible to relieve this pressure. If necessary, help them to move and use pillows or other devices to support them in different positions to help keep this pressure at a minimum.
Elderly care can be extremely beneficial in helping your parent to avoid pressure sores, or to help them manage them if they should arise. An elderly home care services provider can create a personalized approach to care that addresses your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations in a way that takes into consideration their personal feelings, preferences, and goals so that their needs are met while they also maintain as much mental and emotional health, and independence as possible. When it comes to bedsores, this care provider can help your parent to move around and change position more often to reduce the pressure, as well as aiding in bathing and personal hygiene to protect the skin and keep it healthier. This can also relieve your stress, enabling you to focus on other tasks of caring for your parent.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Buckeye, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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