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Alleviating Bed Sores Can Be Done

By Marie Santangelo, Staff Writer

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Areas of sensitivity vary with the areas of the body that have pressure exerted on them, even when “resting.” Padding the area can help, whether this is with “homemade” solutions like blankets or pillows, or with professionally made items.

Your loved one may need some guidance in positioning themselves correctly. We all have habits of sitting and lying down, and they can be hard to break. As their caregiver, you can utilize some psychology to assist them. If you are incorporating a new item to help support them, remind them that it is to help them feel more comfortable. Work with them to find the optimal position that relieves pressure on an area, but still allows them to relax in that position. Some of us are used to “sitting sloppy,” or lying down with arms and legs akimbo. Support behind the knees or ankles may take getting used to, but be comfortable in the long run. The medical supply company, doctor and physical therapist can help in educating you on the ideal positions.

Individuals who are in wheelchairs often go to regular clinic appointments to evaluate the chair and pressure points. Make sure your loved one attends regularly, if this is prescribed.

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Bedsores can begin as areas of skin that are warmer or more discolored compared to the skin around it. No panic is necessary when you see these, but action in the form of position changing and addressing any core issues (like incontinence) is required.

It’s true that bedsores can progress quickly and become ulcerated, where the skin is very damaged and may have to be surgically removed. However, they need not get that way with attention and intervention.

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