Often people want to help care for someone but just don’t know how or what they should do.
This simple video shows how to care for someone who has been staying in bed for a long time and is at risk for developing a bedsore or pressure injury. This can be anything from a red area to a break in the skin. Pressure sores can develop on heels, knees, coccyx, spine, shoulder blades, ears, elbows, and any bony area.
So here’s how to look after them. Anyone can do it- neighbours, friends, spouses, or children. But remember- if a bed is low you need to look after yourself and your own back. Kneel with one leg on the bed so you protect yourself.
Pressure Area Care & How to Prevent Pressure Sores
- Put a pillow between their legs,
- Fold one patient’s arm over their body
- Place your hands on the patients on hips and shoulder blades and roll them away from you.
- Inspect the skin for redness or broken areas from foot, heel, knee, buttocks area, spines, shoulder blades ears and elbows.
- Roll the patient on to their back.
- Place your hands on the patient’s hip and shoulder blades and pull them towards you
- Inspect the other side of their body.
- Repeat every 3 hours in the day and night.
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With a small amount of the right knowledge and a little TLC anyone can be a great carer.