We have received many inquiries about what our certification programs are like. In addition to having been written for anyone with at least a 8th grade education to understand, they also address all the everyday real life issues related to caring for the frail elderly, disabled or chronically ill person. Here’s an excerpt from CertifiedCare’s new Home Health Aide certification program…
ABOUT BED REST
Usually associated with women suffering difficult pregnancies, the frail elderly and physician ordered bed rest frequently go hand-in-hand. Generally bed rest is ordered by a physician to help reduce pain, encourage rest, regain strength, and promote healing. Your elderly person’s care plan and in the assignment sheet you might have should tell you the activities allowed for your particular person. If bed rest has been ordered always ask the nurse what bedrest actually means for the person in question.
There are four types of bed rests which a physician might order:
- Bedrest With Bathroom Privileges (bed rest with BRP) -the person should only get out of bed to use the bathroom for elimination.
- Bedrest With Commode Privileges -the person must use the commode for elimination.
- Bedrest -some activities of daily living (ADL) are allowed such as self-feeding, oral hygiene, bathing, shaving, and hair care.
- Strict Bedrest -everything is done for the person. No ADL are allowed.
Bed rest and lack of exercise and activity can cause serious complications for a frail elderly person. The musculoskeletal system is affected by lack of exercise and activity every system is affected: pressure ulcers, constipation, and fecal impaction can result. Urinary tract infections in renal calculi (kidney stones) scan occur. So come blood clots and pneumonia. These complications must be prevented to maintain normal movement and good health.
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