Pressure ulcers of the elderly, a hidden reality.

25 January, 2021

How to prevent our older adults from pressure ulcers?

Do you feel identified with these images? Do they continue to impact you or are they already part of your daily life or that of your parents or grandparents? Imagine if this image is strong and imposing, what the pain, anguish and despair that our older adults feel with these ulcers will be like.

Caring for an older adult requires a lot of responsibility from their family members, it is a constant and relentless effort to keep them in good health and quality of life, it goes far beyond having them watch television and less leaving them lying down during the day, the afternoon and the night; There are consequences for leaving them without mobility and one of them is the well-known pressure sores or ulcers.

Today we are going to talk a little about this topic to help our beloved grandparents to achieve a less harmful and healthier life.

An eschar is a difficult injury to heal and can lead our life teachers to death. Pressure ulcers are generally caused by lack of mobility and keeping them in the same position for long periods of time.

6 out of 10 grandparents suffer these ulcers at some point in their old age. We beg you to get out of this statistic and do whatever it takes so that your older adult never has to live and feel these pains.

What signs should you watch out for?

Redness of the skin.
Skin blisters.
Loss of the first layer of the skin.

How can I prevent them?

Skin care, such as:

  • Hydrated skin
  • Avoiding humidity for long periods
  • Skin lubrication
  • Avoiding the use of irritating agents (alcohol, neutral soaps, etc.)

Nutritional management:

Complete assessment of nutritional status.

Calculation of adequate requirements.

Protein intake.

Supplements and vitamins.

Management of tissue load

Postural changes: it should be done every two to three hours, not dragging, maintaining body alignment by distributing, weight, balance and stability.

Avoiding contact between bony prominences.

Using support surfaces and placement of static devices such as cushions between the legs. Special cushions are now available to place between the legs, helping the bones to avoid collision with each other. At this point, the alternating pressure mattress is a good ally, birdseed cushions, etc.