Many medical conditions and complications related to the process of aging are severe and debilitating in nature. That is why aggressive prevention and treatment methods are a vital aspect of proper elder care practices in the home, clinical and nursing home setting. Unfortunately, though, serious injuries like bedsores occur at high rates in nursing home facilities, despite the fact that they can be effectively prevented and managed in many cases.
The Mayo Clinic website explains that pressure ulcers, which are commonly referred to as bedsores, occur when skin tissue is damaged by prolonged pressure and/or poor circulation. Bedsores can develop over a relatively short amount of time and can vary in severity. Typically, however, bedsores develop on areas of the skin covering bone, such as over elbows, ankles and heels. The early identification of skin irritation can go a long way to prevent painful bedsores from developing, and regular repositioning and movement is also incredibly important to increase circulation and promote healing. And while certain medical conditions can contribute to the nature and severity of pressure sores, they can generally be treated and prevented using a number of techniques.