Caring for Bedridden Patients

Eat Healthy: Bedridden Patients may or may not have a special diet prescribed by their doctors. If they do have a special diet, please follow that diet. If they do not, make sure that the patient is eating a balanced and healthy diet. Get lots of fluids, fruits, veggies, and protein in the diet. Limit sugars, fats, and salts.
Eating a healthy diet will make sure that the body is getting enough vitamins and nutrients and will be ready to get back into action or fight off any sicknesses and will ensure that the patient is feeling the best that they can in their condition.

Good Hygiene Practices: Make sure that the patient is able to take care of their personal hygiene on a daily basis. They should do everything from bathing to brushing teeth to changing their clothes to combing their hair and having their nails clipped. Regular hygiene regimens are important not only for the physical health of the patient, but also their mental health. When we don’t bathe or don’t get presentable, normally we feel like we are not up to par for having visitors or going out. “Getting ready” will help boost the patient’s mood, even if the process is difficult for them they will feel more human once they are done with the process.

Exercise: Bedridden patients may not be able to go jogging or do push ups, but regular exercise routines are very important. Stretching muscles and doing as much weight-bearing exercise as possible is absolutely essential for maintaining strength and movement in the patient’s muscles and bones. Without a regular exercise regimen, the patient is at risk of having disastrous muscular atrophy and demineralization of bones. Find some useful exercises for bedridden patients at https://adahome.care/exercise-for-bedridden-or-low-mobile-adults/

Beware of Side Effects: Bedridden patients face a myriad of side effects from being bedridden. These side effects can be devastating for the patient. The top two are bed or pressure sores and muscular atrophy or waste. Bed sores or pressure sores are caused when a patient stays in one position too long or too frequently and, if left untreated, they can lead to infection and blood poisoning. They can be avoided by regularly changing the position of the patient. Muscular atrophy and muscle wasting in bedridden seniors can lead to up to a 5% muscle loss as opposed to 1% in younger people. It can be prevented by regular low-intensity exercise and stretching.


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