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August 1st, 2017

Say the word ‘skincare’ and you probably think of a beauty routine, involving cleansing, toning and moisturising,

But at DoCare, skin care has a very different meaning in relation to our clients. It is all about helping our clients to keep their skin healthy.

Here’s something we adopt, using the handy acronym SSKIN

  • Surface: we check to ensure our client has the right support
  • Skin: we inspect skin to look for any problems – early inspection means early detection
  • Keep: we help our clients to keep being as mobile as possible, and change their position so they are comfortable and less prone to sores
  • Incontinence: we help our clients to stay clean and dry
  • Nutrition: we help ensure clients have a nutritious diet and drink plenty of fluids.

 So what is a pressure ulcer?

A pressure ulcer (also known as a bed sore) is damage on the skin and underlying tissue that can lead to an open wound. They are caused by pressure and friction on bony areas like the bottom, heel, hip, elbow, ankle, shoulder and back of the head.

Pressure ulcers cause people long-term pain and distress and can mean longer stays in hospital.

An elderly person is more at risk if they:

  • cannot move easily
  • have poor nutrition
  • have a health condition
  • are aged over 70
  • suffer from incontinence

Fortunately, around 95% of pressure ulcers are preventable and at DoCare we do our bit to keen them to a minimum.

 

This blog was written by Kate Townsend, DoCare’s Field Manager.  If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch.  If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.