In our previous discussion, we delved into the importance of setting up a periodic routine to care for the skin of bedridden individuals at home. Now, let's expand on this vital aspect and explore additional items on the checklist for a holistic Care Routine for Bedridden Individuals. By addressing a broader spectrum of needs, we can ensure a well-rounded approach to providing comfort and maintaining health for our loved ones.
DO'S for Bedridden Care at Home: 1. Check on Continence and Moisture Control:
Patients with higher incontinence are at greater risk of developing pressure injuries.
Promptly clean diapers, apply skin protectants after episodes of fecal incontinence and use moisturizers routinely to promote skin barrier function.
2. Inspection of Medical Devices:
Begin by assessing the need for medical devices, such as a hospital bed.
Hospital beds offer numerous benefits, including easier care, improved patient transport, and enhanced safety features.
Additionally, ensure that vital devices like a blood glucose meter, blood pressure machine, and oximeter are readily available for monitoring the patient's health.
3. Run an Assessment of Nutritional and Hydration Status:
Adequate nutrition and hydration are crucial for maintaining the body's normal function. Consult with a dietitian to conduct a thorough assessment and develop a personalized plan for the patient's caloric and nutrient intake.
4. Routine Check on Tissue and Skin:
Regularly inspect the patient's skin for any signs of redness, irritation, or pressure ulcers. Addressing potential issues early can prevent further complications.
Once you notice any signs and symptoms, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare personnel to get a consult on how to handle it!
Remember, open communication with healthcare professionals is key to tailoring the care routine to the specific needs of the patient and ensuring their comfort and well-being.
DONT'S for Bedridden Care at Home
No Massaging for Pressure Injuries :
While massage therapy is often considered beneficial, there is currently no conclusive evidence supporting or rejecting it as a preventative treatment for pressure injuries.
Instead, Act on Risk - Get Ready to Prevent the Worsening of Pressure Injuries. Identify and address potential risks promptly to prevent complications from escalating. This may include adjusting the patient's position, ensuring proper support surfaces, and implementing preventive measures.
Establishing a comprehensive care routine for bedridden individuals at home involves a holistic approach that addresses medical, nutritional, and personal care needs. Regular assessments, preventive measures, and open communication with healthcare professionals contribute to a higher quality of life for the caregiver and the bedridden individual. By following these steps, you can provide the best possible care and enhance the overall well-being of your loved one in a home.
Article By: Pharmacist Tan Chan Wei
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