Proper Wound Care is Vital
A holistic approach to wound care is paramount. The skin is the body’s largest layer of protection against infection from outside pathogens. This only becomes more important when dealing with the care of older adults in places such as assisted living and memory care facilities. According to NCBI, “The aging population presents many challenges to the medical community in the provision of care; among them is wounds care. Although it is a complex subject, basic understanding of the healing process, the most common types of ulcers and some of the dressing options available is necessary in caring for these patients.”
Not All Wounds are the Same
Just like any other age group, seniors are susceptible to varying levels of wounds to their skin. There are two main types of wounds: acute and chronic. Advanced Tissue notes that, “There is a difference between a minor scrape from the pavement and an open gash from an infection. The wide variety of wounds that can arise also means there are many different forms of treatment that will properly heal them.” Knowing the different types of wounds that older adults can have and the different treatment options for each can dramatically improve the ability to ward off infection from an open wound.