The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics pointed out that the leading cause of injury in long-term care involves incorrect body mechanics when moving and lifting a patient, resulting in overexertion of the back. Poor body mechanics can subject the spine to abnormal stresses that over time lead to degeneration of spinal structures, injury, and unnecessary wear and tear. This is especially important for patients who are bedridden or lying in bed for an extended amount of time each day or those with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Moreover, this is also relevant for those with temporary conditions such as those who have undergone surgery or are pregnant.
So why is proper positioning important especially in sleeping? Home Caregivers Management, Inc., your trusted home care service in Ventura, California, brings you 3 relevant reasons on why it’s important.
- Promoting comfort
In a day, we spend about one-third of our time in bed. That is why caregivers ensure the stability of their patients by creating a support surface as large as possible. This stable position allows them to feel relaxed and safe which gives them better rest and sleep, and subsequently better healing.
- For preventative measures.
Immobility can contribute to several disorders such as pressure ulcers, blood clots, muscle weakness and atrophy, constipation, pneumonia, and joint deformities.
- Giving nursing treatments.
Good bed positioning also supports those giving nursing treatments such as assessing skin conditions, treating wounds, changing dressings, or changing bed linens.