Caregiver in Tempe AZ
While your goal as a family caregiver for your aging loved ones is to keep them as safe and healthy as possible throughout your care journey, you will not always be able to prevent all incidents. There will likely be times throughout your care journey that your seniors experience minor injuries, whether they are the result of a fall, a burn, a scrape, an animal bite, or some other incident. While you never want to think about your parents being in pain or experiencing any type of injury, being prepared for this type of experience and knowing how to handle it properly can help you to act quickly and effectively, reduce the discomfort of the wound, and prevent infections that can lead to serious health consequences.
When considering minor wound care for elderly adults, it is important to remember that seniors are more susceptible to such injuries than younger adults. This is due to the fact that their skin tends to be much thinner and dryer, making it easier to tear and scratch, and less capable of healing. Proper skin care, including thorough cleansing and regular moisturizing, is important to protecting the skin and making it less vulnerable to injury.
If your parents do experience a minor wound, use these tips to help you or their in home health care services provider care for that wound to help hasten recovery and protect against possible infection:
• Know the severity. The first thing you need to do in any form of injury situation is to recognize the true severity of the injury and know whether it can be effectively treated in the home or if you should get medical attention. Deep, long, or extensive wounds always warrant a trip to the doctor.
• Remove debris. Carefully remove any debris from the wound such as splinters, glass, small rocks, or dirt using tweezers. Avoid digging into the skin or making the injury worse while removing the debris. If it does not come out easily, seek medical attention.
• Clean the wound. Start the germ protection process by cleaning the wound and the area around it with water and soap. If available, rinse the wound with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol to further the germ prevention. Avoid scrubbing the wound, particularly a burn, as this could further the damage to the skin.
• Dress the wound. Protecting the wound from the air is an important part of preventing infection. Cover the wound with sterile bandages, dressing it tightly enough to prevent dirt from getting in, but not so tightly that it prevents the skin from breathing properly. Change the dressing regularly and after it gets wet or dirty, and use an over the counter antibiotic ointment to create a barrier of protection that prevents infection while also encouraging the skin to heal.
If a wound does not heal or seems to worsen within a week, get in touch with your parents’ doctor and schedule an appointment to have the wound examined to ensure it is not worse than you first determined. Be sure to keep careful track of the wound and your senior to detect any potential signs of infection, including swelling, redness, oozing, bleeding, inflammation, fever, or fatigue.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Tempe, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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