Will someone please give a prevention/remedy for bed sores for old folks in the hospital or nursing home? Thank you!
My mother was bedridden the last 6 months or so of her life. She developed a bedsore. One of the hospice nurses told her home care givers to put honey on the wound. (And they just used stuff from the grocery store that was likely pasteurized.) They did use this a couple of times a day. It did help the sore improve some and it never got infected, though my mother's health was very poor.
I tend to think that raw honey would have been better, but was thrilled to hear of success with honey whatever the type.
I love that this is a remedy that is inexpensive, safe, and available to people all over the world.
~Mama to Many~
I take care of my 93 year old mother who has alzheimers and cannot move most of her body. Once she reached this stage, she started getting bedsores and we began a routine of shifting her in the bed every few hours, sometimes every 2 hours. I discovered a couple of things that make a difference. First, to cure a bedsore, the best thing is honey, Manukka honey if you can get it. The odd thing was that the two jars of it I bought, both the same brand but one with twice the "power" rating as the other were reversed in effect, I mean the lower power one cured faster than the one that was twice as expensive. (Note that I read that New Zealand produces a lot less Manukka honey than it sells -- IE, it is not all the 'real thing, ' so be careful.)
OK, best is to prevent bedsores in the first place. The thing I discovered first was zinc picolinate. Eight 25 mg tablets a day (crushed because of swallowing issues). That made her skin stronger and stopped the bedsores. This worked for about a year, but meanwhile her overall condition worsened
and she could no longer chew and eat regular food (or drink water) without choking. Her diet became very restricted and good nutrition became a problem (she has had only applesauce to "drink" for almost a year now). This is when we had to really move her body every two hours or pre-bedsore areas would form, even though I increased the zinc picolinate to 12 or more pills per day. But recently I read that 2500 IU of d-alpha tocopherol vitamin E is good for people with alzheimers, and then I discovered after giving her that for a couple of weeks that her skin no longer is forming those pre-bedsore blisters, and her skin seems stronger and not as thin.
So I thought I would try to pass on this important information in case it might help others.
Someone had posted not too long ago looking for remedies for bedsores. I came across this article today and thought I would pass it along... http://www.doctoryourself.com/bedsores.html. Basically, he thinks malnutrition is the primary cause of bedsores.
~Mama to Many~