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Some chronic health conditions require people to be confined to the bed either temporarily or permanently depending upon the health condition. Bedridden patient care becomes essential in such situations. At HPFY, we bring to you a wide range of bedridden products that help caregivers take good care of patients confined to the bed. Try the Attends Dri-Sorb Plus Disposable Underpads for incontinence or spillages, BeasyGlyder Patient Transfer System for transferring patients from bed to wheelchair, Conveen Security Plus Drainage Bag, Comfortpan Bariatric Bedpan and many other bedridden patient care products. Buy these products today at attractive discounts at HPFY!

Tips for Bedridden Patient Care at home

In case of certain degenerative diseases a person loses the ability to move. It can be difficult for caregivers to manage bedridden patients as it requires a full time attention and care to look after all their needs. The patient also feel depressed due to the condition. Some areas that should be looked after include:

1. Take care of bed sores
When a patient is confined to the bed, chances of pressure sores is high. The areas that are prone to pressure sores include back of the head, shoulders, elbows, lower back, buttocks, hips, inner knees and heels. Pressure sores can lead to severe infections if not cared for. Keep checking all the areas regularly and check for any changes in skin color, warmth, swelling or pain. These may be early signs of bed sores. Use cushions or pillows for bedridden patients for proper posture.
2. Keep the bed linen clean
Bedridden patients often suffer from incontinence issues. The bed sheets might become soiled very often. Change the sheets everyday. Use toilet aids for bedridden such as drainage bags and disposable underpads to contain all the leakages and spills. Dirty sheets can lead to accumulation of germs and allergens and increase the chances of infection.
3. Maintain personal hygiene
Look after their personal hygiene. Brushing the teeth, combing, and washing bedridden patients are daily requirements. As the patient is fully dependent all the hygiene tasks need to be fulfilled by the caregiver only.
4. Feed patient properly
It is important to feed the patient in the right way. Give small bites or sips. Do not rush through it. Support the patient to sit while feeding by placing pillows. Use a clothing protector to avoid spillages.
5. Turn bed bound patients periodically
Turning bed bound patient using patient turning equipments every hour or in every two hours (if permitted) is a good practice. Pat gently to avoid fluid buildup. Give a light soothing massage to ease the aching muscles. You can also make the patient sit up every few hours using these turning equipments.
6. Make bedridden patients exercise daily
As bed bound people do not move around, the span of their physical activity is very limited. In such situations, exercising becomes important to maintain proper blood circulation in the body and keep it active. Here are some exercises for bedridden patients that they can carry out with ease. But make sure that you take the advice of your doctor or therapist first.
  • Palm stretch to improve mobility
  • Arm lift to build strength
  • Ankle plantarflexion dorsiflexion exercise
  • Leg lifts
  • Wrist rotation to improve mobility
  • Hamstring stretch to strengthen muscles

How to prevent infection in Bedridden Patients?

  • Examine the patient on daily basis.
  • Use waterbed or air bed to make sure the body weight is properly distributed on mattress.
  • Use antiseptic cleaning agents to prevent infection.
  • Make sure that the bedridden patient is properly dried after each bath or cleaning session. Change the bed sheet every day.
  • Change the position of the patient in every 72 hours.
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