This section is written for a family member or carer to help you with your personal care.
If someone is ill, immobile, or spending a long time in bed or a chair, they may find their skin becomes tender or dry. Damaged skin is a potential site of infection and pressure sores can be painful.
Tips for keeping skin healthy
- Check the person’s skin every day. Look at pressure points carefully. These are likely to be the spine, elbows, hips, heels and ears.
- Keep the bed sheets dry and free of wrinkles.
- Use a mild soap.
- Pat dry – do not rub.
- Use moisturiser.
- Encourage a change of position every 2 hours if possible.