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Care of the elderly person with lower limb problems

Assessment and diagnosis, Complex wounds, Education, Leg Ulcers, Lymphoedema, Wellbeing and concordance | Healthy legs learning module

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.

This short learning module looks at

  • Identifying skin changes
  • Effective skin care
  • Compression therapy
  • Exercise and mobility
  • Limb position and elevation

It will provide 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.

The module has been compiled by Kathryn Vowden, Nurse Consultant in Wound Care, Bradford Royal Infirmary, in association with Wounds UK.

It has been supported by Activa Healthcare