We usually think of the bed as a safe place, but bed-related injuries to the skin are unfortunately common. These include bruises from bumping into bed posts and other furniture at night, and bed sores from the inability to change position.
Fortunately, you don’t just have to put up with these bed-related health issues. They can be treated and even prevented with the right adaptive aids and other skin protection products.
Bruising comes with age
You might go to bed feeling just fine, but the next day when you wake up or not long afterward, you notice small to large bruises on your arms or legs.
Easy bruising is common with age. As long as it’s not caused by a serious underlying issue, bruising is just a reality that must be managed as much as possible. But there are, in fact, some sensible ways to take back control.
- Use protective sleeves. If you easily bruise, many of your bruises are likely the result of bumping into objects that you don’t even remember bumping into. To mitigate the effects of normal bumping that might occur day to day, try wearing shirts or coats with sleeves, and long pants. Alternatively, there are special protective sleeves for arms and legs that can be worn with just about any clothing.
They’re called Limbkeepers Protective Sleeves, and they are specially manufactured with a highly specific blend of yarns in order to wick away moisture, guard fragile skin and be lightweight.
- Apply topical creams. There are no creams or medicines that directly cure bruises. Nonetheless, keeping bruised areas healthy indirectly treats bruises by encouraging the skin’s healing process.
TriDerma Everyday Bruise Relief is a cream we recommend due to its natural ingredients, including a proprietary blend of aloe vera called AP4 Genuine Virgin Aloe Complex.
If left untreated, bed sores can become life threatening. Fortunately, there are many simple actions you can take to treat and prevent these painful sores once you are aware of the problem.
- Use mattresses and cushions that are made of weight-distributing materials like gel, polymers, or air. Many of these will alternate pressure points through an electric pump.
- Roll over about once every two hours. Whatever roll frequency preferences may be, it is important that caregivers keep track of when they need to roll their loved ones at night.
- Clean all areas of the skin thoroughly and apply creams and powders when necessary in consultation with a doctor.
Get a healthy night’s sleep
Bedtime is one of the most important times of the day, because the body does most of its healing during sleep, and it can be a good time for skin usually covered by heavy clothing to air out. Pampering yourself or your loved one with a disability before bedtime leads to more rest and, therefore, more healing.
In the next post, we will take a look at some adaptive strategies for other activities of daily living around the house.