Gayle E. Stauffer RN


Caregiving: How to Turn Someone in Bed

Lying in one position for a long time can cause pressure injuries. You can help avoid pressure injuries by helping your loved one turn and change position in bed. This is also helpful when you need to do things like change sheets, help with a bedpan, give a back rub, or change a bandage. When helping someone move in…

Caregiving: Foot and Toenail Care

Checking the feet and keeping them clean and soft can help prevent cracks and infection in the skin. This is especially important for people who have diabetes. Keeping toenails trimmed—and polished if that’s what the person likes—also helps the person feel well-groomed. If the person you care for has diabetes or has…

Zonas de salpullido en el cuerpo

A menudo se forman salpullidos en ciertas partes del cuerpo que están húmedas y en lugares donde la piel se toca. Por ejemplo, son comunes en las axilas, la ingle, la espalda, los pies y los dedos de los pies. También son comunes bajo los senos (mamas) y el abdomen, en la parte interna de los codos y detrás de las…

Caregiving: Preventing Rashes in the Groin Area

The groin area needs careful cleaning to prevent rashes and infections. Rashes are most likely to form in moist areas where skin touches skin, such as the folds of the groin, under the breasts, and on the stomach. For a larger-sized person, other areas of concern are the folds on the neck, arms, inner elbows, legs…

How to Use a Male Urinal in Bed

To position a male urinal, spread the legs and place the urinal between the legs. If possible, help your loved one sit up in the bed. This makes it easier and more comfortable to use a urinal. Cover your loved one with a sheet or blanket for privacy.