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This tip is for those who are caregivers of someone bedridden, who sits a lot, or who spends a lot of time in a wheelchair and is at risk for bedsores or pressure sores.  After DH was bedridden for a while, he developed a serious pressure sore on his tailbone.  I was naive about the risk and thought hospice was covering all bases, but not.  He cannot lie on his back and has to be regularly rotated from one side to the other.  Because he is so thin, his hip bones are very prominent and soon red spots began to appear there indicating the beginning of pressure sores.  I searched for a solution.  I am a quilter and my favorite batting is Hobbs wool.  I had a bag of leftover cuttings.  Wool is resilient.  It does not mat down.  I had been using a sheepskin all along, but it didn’t prevent the tailbone pressure sore.  The batting is spongy and I can use as many layers as I want for cushioning.  We still rotate him regularly, but always with layers of wool batting under his hipbones.  He has developed no bedsores there and the tailbone bedsore is healing miraculously when the hospice nurses told me it would not heal and would only get worse.  The nurses are amazed and are now recommending the batting to other patients at risk for pressure sores.  It is an effective, easy and relatively inexpensive solution for a difficult problem.  I hope this information is of help to someone else.

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Thanks Genden, I am going to copy this so if and when the day comes my husband has to care for me he can use this tip.

Excellent tip

Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom.

Blessings

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Pressure sores cause me concern too. Hubby doesn’t have any now, but sleeps so much I am vigilant. He had MOHS surgery in January on his ear requiring cartilage removal. It didn’t fully heal until October. Cartilage is hard to heal normally, his sleeping so much contributed to slower healing.

Excellent advice that I will file away if ever needed again.

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Another tip.  Because DH is lying on one side or the other most of the time, his ears are at risk for compression sores.  I have a plush throw that I put over his pillow to cushion his ears.  It washes easily and has been effective.  This is not minky.  Minky sheds too much.  It is a soft plush—maybe like a fleece, but I call it plush.  It is soft and cushiony. My daughter says they are popular as throws and there are a lot of them in the stores.

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Caregiving is a challenging and lonely job—a job most of us don’t have training for or even experience with.  As a result, we find our way through determination and inventiveness.  If anyone has helpful tips to pass along, I would be ever so grateful.

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Indeed it is lonely and life changing. I miss my husbands company very much, he is in bed most days, the exhaustion giving him no choice but to sleep. He also has Vascular dementia, and severe Gasteoparesis. When he is awake and alert I take advantage of it.

I will post tips as I find out thru trial and error what works. I appreciate you all, the support really helps.

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