Care of the elderly person
with lower limb problems
As people get older their general health will often suffer and they may develop long-term chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. These may affect mobility and circulation, causing changes in their skin and blood vessels. This may lead to lower limb swelling and ulceration.
This short learning module will look at how the skin changes as we age and some of the signs and symptoms that you may see when caring for elderly people.
We can then look at some techniques and tools you can use to help manage elderly people with early signs of skin problems to help prevent the development and progression of skin damage. This includes some simple measures to reduce swelling and prevent complications, which may help to improve the skin condition and ease discomfort.
Nurse Consultant, Wound Care, Bradford