Bed sores can be successfully managed by the in-home caregiver.
This caregiver and her patient are enjoying time together on a sunny afternoon.
Unfortunately, many are unable to take in this simple pleasure because the patient suffers with bed sores. Even sitting or lying still can cause them significant pain.
The tragedy is that bed sores can be avoided by using a few techniques and products that will keep your patient’s skin healthy.
It is estimated that the healthcare industry spends $11 Billion annually in the United States to treat bed sores.
As an in-home caregiver, learn what bed sores are, how to prevent bed sores, how to heal bed sores, and best practices to help you manage this deadly threat to your loved one.
What Are Bed Sores?
Bed sores are tears in the skin that result from constant pressure applied to the skin which cuts off blood flow to the area.
A person confined to bed for long periods of time is susceptible to developing bed sores.
Because the patient is unable to move, areas on their body that are in constant contact with the mattress are likely to experience skin breakdown.
Prevent/Cure Bed Sores
The main external causes of bed sores are friction against the skin, heat, and moisture.
Additional causes include poor nutrition, poor circulation, lack of oxygen to cells, and acidification of the body.
Bed sores can lead to serious medical problems including infections of the blood or bone. Deep tissue damage or wounds that bore into the bone
Healing Home Remedies
Unfortunately, the only treatments you are likely to read about on Medline,
WebMD, and every other “official” site will focus on pharmaceutical solutions. These agencies are sponsored by and promote pharmaceutical products.
You will not read about healing oils, vitamin and mineral supplements, alkaline water and other safe and effective treatments.
The Learning Zone
Knowing the primary causes of bed sores and taking prompt action can stop a bed sore before it begins.
Take these actions:
Reposition patient at least every 2 hours
Examine skin every time you change and clean patient
Place patient on an alternating pressure mattress
The financial burden of taking care of your loved one for an extended period of time can have a devastating impact on your finances.
If you are the sole caregiver and have
employment outside of your home, you will have to give up your job. With the added out-of-pocket expenses you will have to cover for your patient, your financial well-being can quickly be in jeopardy.
Caring For The Caregiver
As your loved one’s sole caregiver, their well-being and health depends entirely on you. The face is everything depends on you.
Care giving is physically and emotionally draining.
Excessive number of hours per day giving care, social isolation, depression, lack of choice in becoming a caregiver and financial stress are the realities a caregiver faces everyday.