Treating and preventing pressure sores is demanding on the at-risk person, family members and caregivers. Issues that may need to be addressed by the doctor, nursing staff and social worker include the following:
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- Community services. A social worker can help identify community groups that provide services, education and support groups for people dealing with long-term caregiving or terminal illnesses.
- End-of-life care. Physicians and nurses specializing in end-of-life palliative care — care that focuses on managing pain and providing comfort — can help a family determine treatment goals when the person with pressure sores is approaching the end of life.
- Residential care. People with limited mobility who live in residential or nursing care facilities are at increased risk of developing pressure sores. Family and friends of people living in these facilities can be advocates for the residents and work with nursing staff to ensure proper preventive care.
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