How to help prevent and heal bed sores.
Hi, caregivers. Yes, I believe you all know that I'd like staying on here because it helps me to heal. As you know my Mom passed on 12/27 and since this is the best way I can deal with that... for now. Anyway, in talking to my sister this came up and I remember using it but not sharing it with anyone. In addition to moving your loved one after a few hours from one to position to another while bed ridden, here's a another note that worked wonders for my Mom's bed sores.
First of all, go to your closest Lowe's or Home Depot and purchase a "real live Aloe Vera plant". Once at home, make sure to say excuse me and thank you to the plant before cutting (yes it's a myth that Mom taught me, but believe it or not it's true); if you don't say those things the leaf will dry too fast.
Now to the point, once you get it, wash it with plain water, cut the thorns from the outside of the leaf and then cut it in half (meaning open the leaf). what goes on the bed sore is the sticky stuff from the inside of the leaf. DO NOT use this if she/he has an open sore already, make sure that Hospice or your doctor provides patches with DuoDERM. But if the sores are just sore and red, use the Aloe Vera.
Good luck and I know it works wonders.