Caring for Bedridden Patients
Defines bedridden status, and looks at the role of the caregiver in maintaining comfort levels, and monitoring the resident's overall well-being. Gives tips on how to prevent residents from getting to a bedridden state, and identifies complications that can lead to bedridden status, such as skin breakdown, psychosocial changes, depression, anxiety, and dependence. Discusses contracture (the tightening of muscles in the hands, arms, or legs into a fixed position), and how to prevent it. Discusses the use of equipment and devices, such as, the hospital bed, booties, splints, and foam wedges.