Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Treating and preventing pressure sores is demanding on you, your family members and caregivers. Issues that may need to be addressed by your doctor, the nursing staff and a social worker include the following:

  • Community services. A social worker can help identify community groups that provide services, education and support for people dealing with long-term caregiving or terminal illnesses.
  • End-of-life care. When someone is approaching death, physicians and nurses specializing in end-of-life care (palliative care) can help a patient and his or her family determine treatment goals. At this time, goals may include managing pain and providing comfort.
  • 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.
Dec. 13, 2014