When you think of major health concerns, pressure ulcers probably don’t jump to the front of your mind, yet just under half a million people in the UK will develop at least one pressure ulcer within a given year.
Pressure ulcers — also known as pressure sores — are a common medical complication across the elderly population, particularly for those who have difficulty moving. Those over the age of 70 are more likely to have mobility problems, as well as skin that’s more easily damaged through dehydration and other factors. As a result, prolonged pressure on areas of the skin can cause ulcers — and these injuries are not to be taken lightly.
However, many cases of pressure ulcers are completely avoidable, so it’s important to equip yourself with the right pressure care products to stay comfortable. If you spend extended periods in a wheelchair or sitting down at home, pressure care is essential to avoid pressure ulcers and maintain a great quality of life.
At Bayliss Mobility, our collection of pressure care products is designed to distribute your weight effectively so you can sit and lie down comfortably without the risk of developing pressure ulcers.
Please note: These pressure care products are for patients at low to medium risk. If pressure sores already exist or if the patient is at high risk of developing pressure sores, please consult a specialist.
Support Cushions for Chairs
Below, we take a look at the different types of pressure care cushions available, along with their unique benefits for the older demographic.
Wedge Pressure Cushion
The wedge pressure cushion takes the strain off the lower back to maintain the spine’s natural “S” shape, which promotes better posture whilst sitting. Furthermore, the top layer of memory foam helps to reduce pressure points and improve your comfort — no matter where you’re sitting.
Memory Foam Ring Cushion
If you’ve recently had surgery or you’re suffering from haemorrhoids, the memory foam ring cushion offers great pain relief due to its unique cutout in the middle, which removes any pressure from sore areas or wounds. This can be used at home, at work, or in a car or wheelchair, so you can sit down without pain and discomfort wherever you are.
Gel Pressure Cushion
A gel pressure cushion is a great addition to a wheelchair. It helps spread your weight evenly and can be used in the car or when sitting around the home, which makes it a versatile and useful cushion. It also has an easy-clean polyester surface on one side and soft fleece on the other, along with a removable gel insert to keep you cool in warmer weather.
Other Helpful Pressure Aids
Memory Foam Knee Support
The memory foam knee support cushion is especially useful for those with knee or hip problems, as it helps to maintain the correct alignment of your legs during sleep. It also reduces the contact pressure between the knees, which helps to reduce the risk of stretched tendons and ligaments and ensure you always get a comfortable night’s sleep.
Neck Support Cushion
If you suffer from neck problems, a neck support cushion provides a comfortable and therapeutic cradle for your neck. It’s especially useful when travelling, watching TV or taking a nap.
Bayliss Mobility provides a variety of reliable pressure care products to help you enjoy life more. View our extensive range here.