Care recipient (cr) has skin problems because he she can’t move or reposition him herself

Try: Move cr at least every two hours if he she is sitting up move cr at least every hour if he she is lying down put a 4-inch foam pad on top of the mattress check to make sure that the foam pad is comfortable for crn some people find these pads too hot for sleeping and may be allergic to them if the foam pad is a problem try using pads filled with gel air or water check to make sure cr sinks a little when lying down on the pad also the pad should fit snugly around his her body

Materials: 4 inch foam pad or pads filled with gel air or water

Categories: Sage, Topic, Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile

Information: May have to be repeated more than once to different staff members tell er staff that cr has cognitive problems explain how best to talk with cr if cr must stay overnight in the hospital try to have a friend or family member stay with him her

References: caring for a person with alzheimer’s disease your easy-to-use guide from the national institute on aging by national institute on aging 2011 available at www nia nih gov

Keywords: Skin problems pressure sores pressure ulcers bed bound mobility can’t move

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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