Decubitis ulcers, commonly called bedsores and pressure sores, are common health issues among long-term care individuals. According to the Mayo Clinic, pressure sores are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin. These sores often occur in people who have been confined to a bed for a long time because of illness or other medical conditions, which is why they are often called bedsores.
But pressure sores are preventable, and skilled nursing facilities such as Pacific Care Center take great care to prevent them. Nurses make certain to move patients regularly, monitor potential problem areas of skin, use the best pressure-reducing mattresses, pillows, and cushions, and dress any sores that may develop.
The process for preventing and treating pressure sores is difficult to perform successfully in most home health situations because friends and family are often not available 24/7 to move bedridden individuals nor do they have the medical knowledge to treat them. Additionally, skilled nursing facilities consistently use pressure-relieving cushions to prevent pressure sores on parts of the body that typically develop pressure sores.
Because of the experience assisted living and skilled nursing facilities have with residents at varying stages of mobility, skilled nursing facilities are a safe choice for people recovering from a variety of illnesses, medical operations, or other conditions that require attentive and long-term care.
Preventing the development of pressure sores is an important factor in any quality recovery, rehabilitation, assisted living, or resident care program. From the prevention of pressure sores to the medical cleaning and dressing of ulcers, Pacific Care Center specializes in quality of life for all our residents. Please contact us today to discover how we can provide quality service, prevent pressure sores, and increase quality of life for you or a loved one.