My mother can lie on her side only briefly. Because the skin isn't broken down, and it's only occasionally red, I'm not sure if the problem is properly called a bed sore. An air cushion has helped only slightly. Aspercreme and Vasolex help, but they only lessen the pain and have to be appled about once an hour. I can't help but think there's something more effective.
There are mattress toppers that help a great deal. If you are in the usa medicare will pay for an air mattress if the dr orders it. Its not the everyday air mattress that you'd use going camping, its a much better mattress that adjusts the air according to her position. There are also gel mattress toppers that help. Even an egg crate mattress that is 2 inches or more will help somewhat. Those you can get at walmart or another like store.
All of the mattresses and cushions mentioned above are valid options. Bottom line is, if you do not find a way for your Mom to be moved side to side about every two hours, she will begin to develop a nasty bed sore. Then her care will become much more difficult and her pain much worse.
Be sure that all of her dietary needs are being met. High protien is a must!
Good luck with the care of your Mother. It can be very difficult and draining for you. I hope you have some help and support!
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