Pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores or bedsores) “are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long,” according to MedlinePlus. Bedsores commonly form when the blood supply to an area of the body is slowed or stopped and when the bones (such as ankle, back, elbow, heel, and hip bones) become close to the skin. When blood supply is reduced, the skin in the affected area dies, resulting in an open crater or ulcer. People at risk for developing bedsores include those who are bedridden, those who use a wheelchair, or those who are physically unable to move or change their position. Other causes may including having a disease that affects blood flow, having fragile skin, or living with incontinence. “Pressure sores can cause serious infections, some of which are life-threatening,” according to MedlinePlus.
Bedsores are grouped in stages by the severity of symptoms. MedlinePlus reports that the most common stages and symptoms of bedsores include:
Stage I: A reddened, painful area on the skin that does not turn white when pressed. This is a sign that a pressure ulcer is forming. The skin may be warm or cool, firm or soft.
Stage II: The skin blisters or forms an open sore. The area around the sore may be red and irritated.
Stage III: The skin now develops an open, sunken hole called a crater. The tissue below the skin is damaged. You may be able to see body fat in the crater.
Stage IV: The pressure ulcer has become so deep that there is damage to the muscle and bone, and sometimes to tendons and joints.
Your senior parent’s doctor should direct care for a pressure sore. If your senior parent shows any of the stages or symptoms of a bedsore as outlined above, contact their primary care physician immediately to direct treatment.
If your senior parent is at risk for developing bedsores, call SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, or Anaheim Hills. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your loved one prevent a bedsore, or can help you and your aging parent care for a bedsore with the direction of physician.
SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent prevent bedsores by keeping their skin clean and dry, changing positions every two hours, and by helping your senior parent use pillows and other products that may help to relieve pressure on the skin. Other ways a SYNERGY in-home caregiver can help your senior loved one avoid pressure sores include:
- Powdering your senior parent’s sheets to help with friction.
- Caring for your senior parent’s skin by keeping it clean and moisturized.
- Checking for bedsores each day.
- Ensuring that your senior parent eats a healthy diet.
- Encouraging movement or light exercise to promote weight lose and improve circulation.
- Helping your senior parent sleep well.
Call your senior parent’s physician immediately if they develop a blister, sore, or infection. Signs of an infection may include a foul odor, oozing pus, redness and tenderness around the wound, warm/swollen skin, or fever.
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