Elderly care providers care for a wide variety of personal needs for clients at home or in the hospital.
One unique health care need for many elderly care clients is pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are a serious health risk for those who are confined to bed or a wheelchair or have limited mobility, and can be a concerning topic for family home care providers and their loved ones.
Professional home care providers such as ComForcare Home Care train their caregivers to identify the early signs of skin breakdown and help prevent the development of pressure ulcers by:
- Regularly inspecting clients’ skin for redness or signs that sores may be forming
- Keeping their skin clean and dry
- Applying moisturizer to dry skin
- Helping them change position on a regular basis
- Assisting in transfers to and from a bed, chair or the toilet
- Bathing and drying clients who are wet or have soiled their undergarments
- Changing wet or soiled bed linens
- Ensuring they eat a balanced diet and drink enough fluids
- Informing family or physician of skin breakdown so treatment can begin immediately
Many elderly care clients are unaware of the danger of pressure ulcers until they experience one or become at risk for them. Sitting or lying in one position for extended periods of time can cause pressure ulcers, which left untreated, can lead to:
- Hospital admission
- Increased length of stay in a health care facility
- Decreased quality of life
As with many medical conditions, education and awareness is the key to prevention. The prevention of pressure ulcers is critical to maintaining the health and quality of life of those at risk. ComForcare’s home care staff is trained to help clients manage these issues and prevent more serious health concerns. Experienced ComForcare caregivers can help your loved one with personal care needs at home or during a stay in a health care facility.
If you suspect you or your loved one is at risk for or is experiencing pressure ulcers or skin breakdown, it is important that you contact a physician. The doctor can diagnose a skin condition, prescribe treatment and discuss prevention methods. Notify home care providers of any skin conditions so they can be monitor the client closely and caregivers assist with the prevention of pressure ulcers.
For questions about personal health and hygiene services, contact your local home care office for more information. ComForcare can help you and your loved ones live a healthier, more comfortable life.
Elderly Care Services are Available Nationwide
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty home care services to people of all ages with offices conveniently located nationwide. Each office provides caregivers who make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home. ComForcare offers elderly care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its home care services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302