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Hi, I am about to bring my bedridden father back home from Hospital. He's 71 years old. The Doctors said he is at risk of developing "Bed Sores". We have bought him a special mattress and we plan to have him on a special diet plan.He has very frail and thin skin. I have researched and found out that there are special clothing and bedding/ Any advice? Have you tried any ? Do they work? Any special clothes or bed sheets?

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Great job getting to bring your dad home! Some things to keep in mind... Nutrient rich diet with good proteins & fluids to help stay hydrated, (we use a blender) booties on the feet made from sheepskin or foam to help prevent heel blisters, keep dry as often as possible & we use desitin (maybe better cremes available) to protect his skin from incontinence, cvs hydrocolloid bandages come in small boxes of 11 (to put on bedsores & will stay adhesive to the skin to draw fluid out of sore & keep contaminents stay out). We've used these to heal bedsores in the beginning stage & keep them from returning. Best wishes to you!
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Pressure Ulcers or "bed sores" are difficult to prevent. But not impossible.
As the circulation gets worse and the person is in one position for a long time they happen.
Re-positioning will help.
Rolling to one side or the other, alternating will help.
Placing a wedge behind will also help keep the position that you have placed them in.
Gentle massage will help with circulation.
If you notice ANY pink on the skin take action right away. That is the first stage of a pressure ulcer and you want to prevent it from getting more advanced.
Are you going to have someone come in to help? A CNA or a Nurse? They can also monitor what is going on and if you notice anything you can contact them right away. I would call before you put anything on the skin. If you place an adhesive on the skin and they come in and want to look at what is going on pulling the adhesive off can cause more damage.
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Request instruction from the hospital before you leave. Talk to the nurses and anybody else you can access to advise you so that you receive the best advice. Ask for a telephone number to call with such questions after your Father is home.
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Calmoseptine works very well. Make sure you move your dad in bed with pillows every 2 hours. Yesterday a caregiver had said she has used balmax for one of her patients and this worked well.
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You will have to move him periodically.
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The nursing home did very little if anything and when my dad got to hospital the sores were bad, but they told us that it has dried when we asked. I should have asked what they used. The kept moving him as well.
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