A KEY FACTOR TO COMFORT
The following information includes some very basic procedures for you to follow in delivering comfort care for your love. Additional teaching will be provided as care-specific needs arise for your loved one. These skills, combined with the love and commitment of family and friends, can produce the very best results.
FRESH IS BEST
Cleaning a person's mouth is important to comfort. Some medicines and disease leave the mouth dry or sore. Routine care will help to prevent infection and irritation in the mouth. It should be done at least once to twice daily:
Toothpaste or Diluted Mouthwash
Cup and Bowl
Lip Balm (Vaseline/Chapstick)
If your loved one has dentures, they should be removed for cleaning. Brush the dentures inside and out with a soft brush. All the dentures to soak for a while in water or denture cleaner. Assist your loved one to rinse the mouth with water or mouthwash.
Good skin care prevents bedsores and adds to your loved one's comfort. It also provides an opportunity to touch your loved one, which is an expression of love and care.
Extra Lift-Sheet or Sheep Skin
If your loved one is unable to move on their own, then you will need to assist with repositioning your loved one every couple of hours. The Hospice Nurse or Home Health Aide will demonstrate how to use a lift sheet or sheep skin to make the move easier. Extra pillows will be needed for support and to avoid pressure areas. The spine should be straight, but joint areas may be more comfortable when flexed.
Your loved one's skin must be checked regularly (daily).