2. Inspect the parts of the body where bedsores are most apt to occur: the heels, sacrum, knees, ears, shoulders and hips. Any sign of redness should be cause for concern. Keep weight off of any reddened spots, until all signs of redness are gone.
4. Use pressure-reducing aids in a bed or wheelchair. Mattresses and seat cushions containing sheepskin, foam, gel or air reduce pressure on the skin.
6. Change sheets frequently. Choose sheets that are wrinkle-free and softened.
8. Maintain adequate hydration. For optimal skin health, the body needs at least eight glasses of water a day.
3. Inspect the skin and existing lesions to be sure there are no new bedsores, and that the existing sores are not deteriorating further.
1. For a person on prolonged bed rest, consider renting a special rotation-type bed, such as the Roto Rest bed. This bed automatically turns and repositions the occupant, and it is loaded with pressure-reducing devices.
3. Never use a doughnut-cushion under the buttocks, because it decreases blood flow where the cushion sets against the skin.