My MIL has to wear a bandage on her leg so it will heal but every time I turn around she takes it off. What to do?

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My care-reciever would take off her bandages/remove her scabs because she either thought it was just dirt on her skin and/or she thought the bandages were on for so long...it must be healed by now. The interesting things we as care-takers deal with as our loved ones age and they are affected by the decline in their senses (increasing poor eyesight) and cognitive decline (losing track of time). Great suggestions with distraction and additional covering of the wounds!!!
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Compression hose can help healing, as well. I had what I'm fairly sure was a spider bite on my ankle (appeared suddenly, no obvious cause, hurt a lot but wasn't infected) that was very painful and didn't want to heal. At the same time I had skinned a shin that healed up quickly.
The wound care people said that is was going to need compression to heal; either come in every three days to have it re-wrapped or wear a compression sock over a sponge bandage. They are not easy to get off--that's part of the idea--but it did heal up. One of the doctors said that I could fold it to make three layers over the bandage which allowed me to use the lower compression sock that is easier to handle. I wore a light stretchy stocking under it with a wide top so it didn't dig in to my leg. It's now healed.
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Try a fidget quilt. It will keep her hands busy. I gave my MIL one and it helped a lot with her pulling out her catheter.
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what about trying to remove the IV'S?
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Great idea, love!
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Depends on which part of the leg, but compression hosiery are difficult to get on, but also difficult to get off and if the bandage is on the lower part of the leg, putting this type of hosiery on her leg might help. Buck and Buck catalog has clothing for people who are prone to undressing themselves, with fasteners they can't get to and maybe that would help. If it's a real problem and doesn't resolve, some doctors will put a cast on the area to put a stop to self-mutilation. It could be it's painful or itching...there's medicines to deal with that or an ice pack might help. Just some thoughts...
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This may work. Use that stick and seal wrap. We used it on Mom to keep her bandage from getting wet. Also, a tube sock covering the bandage. Doctor gave me a real stretchy thing to put over it so the bandage will stay on at night. Or, a knee high that will cover it up.
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Mt FIL has a serious fall which luckily, didn't break anything, but having that very fragile "old person's" skin, he kind of just peeled off a huge piece of skin as he fell (on his forearm). Bled like crazy! He had home health, but for some reason, the person wasn't qualified to debride, clean and rebandage the wound twice a day as required. I gave up on the Home health aide and began going out to his place twice a day and doing it myself. The wound was HUGE and oozing and really needed to be covered lavishly with antibiotic ointment. Quite the job---I'd spend 1/2 hr doing this, and he'd spend the day picking at the bandage. SO even tho it was summer and pretty hot, I'd put him in a long sleeve T shirt with tight-ish wristbands and cranked down the A/C to about 70. He left it alone then. Out of sight, out of mind??
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I know this sounds crazy, but when I had that trouble with MIL I had her grandkids draw on the bandage I wrapped on the outside. One of my children asked grandma to wear it so that she could be close and help make her better. The grand kids are one of the only things she responds to. That bandage was something she proudly wore. If there are no grandkids try having the Dr. write something on the and outside wrap for the bandage.
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I have a friend who has a similar problem with a developmentally disabled son and a skin condition. She puts him in overalls and that makes it hard for him to reach his legs.
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