According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American lives to be 77.9 years old. Given advances in modern medicine, presumably that number will rise. This will likely result in more people in nursing homes. While we hope that our elderly loved ones receive excellent care at a carefully chosen facility, here are some tips when visiting your loved ones to minimize the risk of bedsores:
1. Check your loved one’s skin on your visits (hopefully frequent visits). Especially check the bony areas. If the skin is red, he may not be being moved enough.
2. Check his clothes and bed sheets. Make sure they are dry. The staff should be checking his sheets and clothes often,
3. Get him moving. Whether this means getting him to stand and walk or getting him to shift positions, get him moving. Physical activity is important.
4. Make sure he is clean. If his skin is clean, but dry, apply moisturizing lotion.
5. Make sure he is eating a healthy diet. This diet should generally be high in protein.
Hopefully, if you know of an elderly loved one in a nursing facility, he is receiving top-notch care. Regardless if this is true or not, following the above-safety tips will hopefully help your elderly loved one enjoy a healthier life, a life filled with love and dignity. McCready, Garcia & Leet have helped many clients tackle the issue of substandard care at nursing homes. To learn more, contact them at (773) 779-9885.