Preventing pressure sores
- If you spend a lot of time sitting or lying in bed, change your position regularly – preferably every half an hour. Wear loose, cotton bedclothes and use pillows to support yourself in comfortable positions.
- When possible, standing up for a short time or taking a short walk is the best way to relieve pressure. A physiotherapist can supply you with a walking aid to help with this, if needed.
- Your district nurse will be able to assess whether you need a pressure-relieving mattress or cushion and arrange these for you. It’s still important to change position regularly when using these. A bed cradle can help keep the weight of bedclothes off your legs and feet.
- Tell your doctor or a district nurse if you think you have early signs of a pressure sore. They can give you help and advice to make sure that your skin heals properly and to prevent infection from developing. There are also organisations that can provide equipment to keep you comfortable.
- Treat dry skin using the tips given above.