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Common conditions in older adults pt1: Eschars for mobility decrease

By 17th May, 2019 Healthy lifestyle Comments Off

It is common for older adults, as the years go by, to reduce more and more their mobility, the main reason is that energy is not the same. However, staying a long time in the same position, whether lying down or sitting, increases the risk of eschars. Pressure sores or ulcers are skin lesions that form where there is more closeness of skin with bone such as ankles, heels, and hips, they can also be caused by lack of moisture, weight loss, and circulation problems.

It is very important to be alert and prevent the formation of these injuries as they can cause serious infections.

To prevent our elderly from suffering from eschar, it is necessary:

  • Care for skin hygiene by keeping it always clean and moisturized with special creams.
  • Avoid a sedentary lifestyle and try to change the position of the older adult
  • Use products that relieve pressure (pillows, sponge mattress, foam)
  • Perform gentle circular massage on the skin without wounds
  • Elude tension in the skin: avoiding dragging the body of the elderly. Hence the importance of having expert nursing assistants.

Remember that at CasaMar we have professional nurses as well as trained personnel to meet the needs of our guest. Our professionals have the experience to offer human quality care.

Come to CasaMar, schedule a visit today!

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Source: https://medlineplus.gov/spanish/pressuresores.html

Summer tips for our seniors

By 11th May, 2019 Healthy lifestyle Comments Off

The favorite season of the year for beach lovers is here, and also the high temperatures, sun’s rays exposure, and if we have air conditioning, recurrent changes in temperature. In this season, it is necessary to pay special attention to older adults especially if they suffer from kidney diseases, cardiovascular diseases or if they take diuretic medicines, among others, since they interfere mainly in their body temperature and their capacity to adapt to high temperatures and with it probable dehydration.

The key is food, this will be the ally in the control of body temperature in these hot months. By consuming certain foods and eliminating others, it will be possible to avoid heats and excessive sweating.

The main foods that provide minimum calories are fruits, vegetables, and fresh vegetables and seasonal, which are also very high in vitamins and minerals. It is advisable to offer mainly full salads, cold cakes, stuffed eggs or simple skewers to avoid decompensation and loss of proteins.

It is also recommended that they consume 8 to 12 glasses of water per day. Some foods provide liquids, but still, it is necessary to take all kinds of drinks, juices, milk, soup, tea or coffee, which can also include other nutrients, without forgetting the best option that is simple water.

Finally, most changes in the skin are related to sun exposure, therefore, prolonged exposure to the sun should be prevented daily (over time recovering from this can be more difficult and complicated) if necessary you should always apply them good quality sunscreen when seniors are outdoors, even in the winter. It is also advisable to wear protective clothing and a hat if necessary.

Do not forget that this season is the best time to go for a walk and relax, visiting the beaches is always a good idea!