Does our skin show signs of change if fatality is evident?

As we age, our largest organ, the skin, seems to show changes more readily to the public since it is easier to see than our internal organs. The skin becomes thinner; almost translucent! Due to these changes, skin problems can occur; many of which can be quite uncomfortable indeed!
As a caregiver, it is very important to show your clients that With Age Comes Respect; can be done easily by applying alcohol-free lotions to relieve dryness and cracking. By doing so you can soothe your clients skin and dissipate some of the irritability that is bothering them.
Your client’s lips and eyes, and other parts of their face can become very dry – especially as they near death. Apply lip balm to their lips and use a warm, damp cloth to their eyes. If their mouth is dry, perhaps give them some ice chips, rubbing the ice over the lips. As another option for a conscious client, you can also wipe the inside of their mouth with a damp cloth, cotton ball or swab to provide some relief to dehydration.
Another type of skin irritation would be bed sores. These occur when a person lies stagnant in one spot for too long without being moved. When bed sores appear, your client’s skin may look darker, discolored. More times than not these spots will initially appear on an elder’s heels, hips, lower back and on the back of their head.
To avoid bed sores, make certain that you carefully turn your client from side to back and then to the other side every few hours or so. You can also attempt to put a foam pad under a problem area like their heel or elbow; by doing so, you can raise the at risk area off of the bed to reduce pressure being applied to the area.
There are also see if the client can afford a special mattress or chair cushion; perhaps Hospice can provide these items if affordability is a factor. You can also keep your client’s skin clean and moisturized.
Bed sores are dangerous! They don’t always heal properly thus requiring treatment by a wound specialist. If your client is not able to be moved, this can become a huge issue!


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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