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How to Help Your Bedridden Senior Get Comfortable

It’s frustrating for your senior when she’s confined to her bed. She runs the risk of developing pressure sores and she needs lots of help getting and staying comfortable. Here are some tricks you can try.

Home Care Services in Sewickley PA: Help Your Bedridden Senior
Home Care Services in Sewickley PA: Help Your Bedridden Senior

When your elderly family member lies on her side, her knees and ankles might bump against each other painfully. To alleviate that problem, use a small pillow or a rolled towel in between those joints. This helps to prop the top leg up a little bit and gives cushioning to both joints.

Use Cushioning Between Her Knees

Use Long Pillows to Prop Her on Her Side

Your senior might find that she’s comfortable at a bit of an angle rather than straight on her side. If you use a long body pillow behind her, she can lean a bit on that pillow and that gives her a more comfortable angle. It also helps to keep her from rolling flat onto her back.

Raise the Foot of the Bed or Prop Her Knees

If you’re using an adjustable bed, try raising the foot of the bed a little bit. This helps to relieve pressure on your elderly family member’s knees, ankles, and hips. You’re not out of luck if the bed isn’t adjustable, though. Try a pillow under your senior’s knees that allows them to bend just enough to be comfortable.

Balancing Pillows Properly Helps to Relieve Pressure on Joints

Where you put some of these pillows can really make a difference, too. For instance, if you’re trying to help alleviate pressure on her heels, place the pillow up toward her ankle more. This allows her feet to hang supported over the edge without creating other problems. You may need to try different placements to find exactly what’s most comfortable for your elderly family member.

Reposition Your Senior Every Couple of Hours

To avoid pressure sores you definitely need to make adjustments regularly. Careful repositioning keeps your senior’s weight from pressing too long in one spot. Something to keep in mind is that if your elderly family member doesn’t look as if she’s comfortable then she probably isn’t comfortable at all. Talk to her regularly about her comfort level so you can help her to adjust.

Working with home care providers can help you to get up to speed quickly on assisting your elderly family member with getting more comfortable. It’s also much easier for you to take time away from caregiving when you know that there will be someone there who can help her to stay comfortable and meet other needs.

If you are considering hiring Home Health Care in Sewickl, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care. Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551.

Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

President Liken Home Care at Liken Home Care
Graduate of Penn State University, 1970

Business Administration / Accounting Major

Has been in the staffing business since 1970.The original company LIKEN SERVICES, INC. was a general service staffing company specializing in the administrative, clerical, secretarial all office support staff positions (both temporary and direct hire) with 14 branch offices in and around W. PA and Upstate NY.As a division of that company, LIKEN HEALTH CARE, INC. was started in 1974 as a medical staffing company that staffed hospitals and other health care facilities.In 1976,we began to “follow the patients home” and at that point we started providing private duty home care. In 1995, the general staffing company was sold to a national, public company, and the health care staffing company was retained. Since 1995, we have concentrated our efforts in the health care marketplace.

Due to the aging baby boomers and the fact people are just living longer, in the late 90’s we refocused the company and today Liken specializesin providing private duty assisted living to those who need help to remain at home.A valuable service that allows an individual to remain independent in their homes for a much longer period of time as well as maintain a high level of quality of life.

Today, we specialize in providing private duty home care (Liken Home Care) to the elderly, the recovering ill, and the disabled in all of Western Pa.

In addition, Robert isCPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) and a CTS (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist); professional designations of the National Association of Personnel Services.

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