Does anyone have a practical solution when needing to manually reposition someone in bed every couple hours thru the night on a regular basis to prevent bedsores? Any thoughts on how to lessen the impact to your own sleep?
My 88-year-old dad has an adjustable TempurPedic, but we have been told that we still need to reposition him every so often during the night (turning left or right, adding pillows for support, and so on.) to prevent a constant pressure to one area of skin. I've also purchased a ROHO cushion for his recliner and wheelchair. (My dad's doctor said even with the ROHO, Dad needs to shift his position now and then while sitting and to get up from the chair more often.)
The ROHO and the repositioning at night seem to be helping and a large, purple discolored area on his buttocks--that we are told is the last stage before a bedsore could develop--has thankfully turned from purple to pink--and in some spots to a normal skin tone--over a period of maybe six weeks.
Unfortunately the sleep interruption every few hours has been a bit of an adjustment for me and I'm also not getting as much sleep overall. Sometimes Dad wakes up when I go to turn him and then he wants something and it might be half an hour or more before I'm back in my own bed. Other times I just can't get back to sleep for some reason once I'm up, especially after the 3 a.m. turn.
Things are busy during the day and I can't always catch a nap to make up for it. My mom is 87 and needs her sleep. We do have a caregiving agency, but we already use them about 20 hours a week for our daytime needs. It would be a big expense to have them come every night as well.
The only thing I can think of is maybe a therapeutic air mattress like is used in a hospital or rehab setting. My understanding is that if you have this type of air mattress then there is no need to reposition at all, since the mattress inflates/deflates on a set schedule to prevent a constant pressure to any one area of skin. But it may be too difficult for someone with my dad's level of mobility to get out of this type of bed in the morning by himself without being lifted; I'm not all that strong in my arms and may not be able to help get him up.
Wondering if there are better solutions out there... your thoughts and suggestions greatly appreciated.