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A Simple Guide to Skin Care

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Good skin care is especially important for anyone who spends a lot of time sitting or lying down. Good skin care increases comfort and helps prevent pressure wounds and infection.

 

Helpful Hints:

  • Add extra cushioning to favorite chairs.
  • Use a special mattress – ask your care team for more information.
  • Keep bed linens dry and wrinkle-free.
  • Use pillows to support the body in comfortable positions.
  • Use heel and elbow protectors.
  • Keep skin clean and moisturized.
  • Avoid rubbing any cracked, open or blistered areas. You may gently rub any dependent areas that blanch when touched.
  • Change positions in bed by turning from side to side every two hours. If able, get out of bed and sit in a chair.
  • Change damp or soiled linens and clothing promptly

 

Signs of Skin Irritation:

  • Redness or other discoloration
  • Warmth or heat
  • Cracks, blisters, scrapes
  • Drainage
  • Bruising
  • If you notice these or any other changes, please tell your hospice nurse as soon as possible.

 

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