Keeping Bedridden Patients Comfortable
A person who is bedridden usually needs full-time care and attention - this usually means that a care team such as nurses or family and friends will be working together to care for the individual.
When it comes to a bedridden patient, comfort comes first. Support should be provided for the patient’s back and joints to prevent any type of strain. The arms and legs should be comfortably positioned and supported whenever possible.
When it comes to changing the patient’s position in bed, be sure that you communicate what you are doing so you can gain his or hers cooperation which will make the entire process easier. Guide the patient’s movements rather than lifting them if they are stable to move themselves.
If the patient is unable to support themselves, a lift or a second person is usually required to move the patient around the bed. Many available slings are padded and durable. Some models even offer head and neck support while transferring. These transfer slings take the stress off of the caregivers mind and body and help move the bedridden patient more easily and efficiently.
Be sure to change the linens of the bedridden often and provide several pillows for support. Mountainside Medical offers hospital beds that can be adjusted and will make patients that much more comfortable as well as relieving any back strain for the caregiver.