Homecare in Phoenix AZ
While you never want to think that your aging parent will get injured, cuts and scrapes are a reality of life and when they are minor they are easily treated and managed right at home. Being prepared for this management and knowing the best way to care for these minor injuries can help prevent further complications such as infection
Use these simple first aid tips to help you promptly and effectively respond to minor cuts and scrapes on your aging parent:
- Wash your hands. Before you contact the cut or scrape in any way, make sure that your hands are as clean as possible. Use soap and water if available, or antibacterial hand sanitizing gel to remove bacteria and help prevent infection or illness.
- Stop the bleeding. A minor cut or scrape should not be bleeding very much and should stop bleeding relatively quickly. If there is a large amount of blood or it does not stop after a few minutes with the application of pressure, the injury may be more serious than you expected. Seek proper medical assistance as quickly as possible. While you wait, keep pressure on the injury to help stem the blood.
- Clean the injury thoroughly. Once the bleeding has stopped, clean the injury thoroughly. This should include rinsing the entire area as well as removing any debris that may be in the wound such as splinters or small rocks. If there are large particles or you are not able to get them out, you will need to seek medical attention to prevent further injury or infection.
- Apply antibiotic. Using an antibiotic cream or gel is very important to helping the wound heal effectively. Despite common belief, these products do not actually make the wound heal or get them to heal faster. Instead, they are used to keep the area moist, which is essential to the health and growth of the new skin. They also contain ingredients that kill bacteria and prevent the growth of bacteria, which is vital in preventing infection.
- Watch for infection. Replace the dressing on your parent’s injury at least once a day or whenever the bandage gets dirty or wet. While you are replacing the bandage and adding more antibacterial gel, check for signs of infection. This can include redness, inflammation, skin that is warm to the touch, swelling, crusting, or seeping. If these signs occur, bring your parent to the doctor as quickly as possible.
If your aging parent may benefit from more care and assistance than you are able to provide for them, home care may be the ideal solution. An in home senior care services provider can be with your loved one on the schedule that works best for them and offer a customized approach to care and assistance tailored to their individual needs, challenges, and goals. This means that they can live a lifestyle that is healthy and safe, as well as active, fulfilling, and independent, improving their overall quality of life as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering homecare in Phoenix, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
Latest posts by Admin (see all)
- Preparing Family for a Thanksgiving Visit with a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease - November 15, 2016
- What Information Do You Need from Your Loved One’s Doctor about Exercise? - November 9, 2016
- Should You Consider Elder Care if Your Parent Moves in With You? - November 2, 2016