Patient Education

If you or a loved one experience difficulties due to wound management issues, the following information may be helpful to you:

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Safety Precautions for the Elderly Skin Care
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Amputation Prevention Fact Sheet Charcot Joint Disease
General Foot Care Guidelines
Coping With Loss of Sensation
Dealing With Pain

Safety Precautions for the Elderly

Regarding floors and shoes:

  • Floors should have even, non-skid surfaces
  • Avoid throw rugs
  • Large area rugs should be well anchored or have non-skid surfaces
  • Wear corrugated or crepe-soled shoes
  • Wear firm, supportive shoes, not soft slippers
  • Wipe up any spills immediately
  • Avoid clutter on floors

Regarding stairs:

  • Height of stairs should be uniform and tread should be even and covered with a non-skid surface
  • Stairways should always se well-lighted
  • Hand rails should be present, placed securely, and easily grasped
  • A contrasting color along the edge of the tread can help differentiate the step

Regarding electricity:

  • Check the condition of electrical appliances, cords and plugs regularly
  • Don’t overload circuits
  • Keep electrical appliances away from the bathtub or shower area
  • Avoid any non-insulated wiring
  • Don’t place cords under carpeting and across walkways

Regarding lighting:

  • Lighting should provide even general illumination
  • Night lights are helpful to light the way to the bathroom

Regarding the telephone:

  • Enlarged or lighted dial can be helpful to see the dial
  • Keep the phone within easy reach day or night
  • List emergency numbers, including doctor, police, fire department, ambulance nearest neighbor and relative

Regarding bathroom safety:

  • Toilet extender and hand rails can help the person who has difficulty getting up
  • Place sturdy handrails and skid-proof mats  in the bathtub and shower
  • Set the hot water heater no higher than 120 degrees

Regarding kitchen safety:

  • Avoid wearing long sleeves or loose clothing while cooking
  • Clean up any spills immediately
  • Keep a fire extinguisher next to the stove
  • Controls to the stove should be be easily accessible and readable
  • If a step stool is necessary, it should have a wide base of support
  • Turn pot handles to the back of the stove

Regarding fire safety:

  • Install smoke alarms on each floor of the home
  • Alternate exits should be accessible in case of fire
  • Never smoke in bed or when sleepy
  • Access to outside doorways should be free of obstruction
  • Change batteries in smoke alarms twice a year