Imprint on skin after sleeping or sitting for a while?

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by totallyconfused, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. totallyconfused

    totallyconfused Registered User

    Apr 18, 2016
    392
    My mother has been sleeping a lot more at night, usually on her back. When she wakes to suee toilet, there is often a red imprint on her skin, usually covering her back, looks like sunburn.

    is it a matter of changing mattress, changing her position, adding other extras to help?

    Any help appreciated
     
  2. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,851
    Female
    Scotland
    I have noticed this too on my husband. Often behind his ear is very red where he buries his head under the pillow. It does disappear over the course of the day though. I think it is just the very long period of time they are lying in one position.
     
  3. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,713
    Female
    London
    I've had that all my life - I have very impressionable skin. :)
     
  4. vmmh

    vmmh Registered User

    Jun 25, 2018
    71
    This could be sign of prolonged pressure to that particular area causing decreased blood flow to the tissues. It could eventually develop into a pressure ulcer where the skin opens and underlying tissues become damaged and could become a source of infection. The best approach would be frequent change of position to relieve the pressure as much as possible.
     
  5. arielsmelody

    arielsmelody Registered User

    Jul 16, 2015
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