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ChinGel overcomes Moisture Lesion Risk

Edith is a client in her 80s She has rheumatoid arthritis, which has caused hyperkyphosis. This is a spinal deformity in which the upper back curves forward causing her chin to rest on her chest.

Edith has difficulty raising her head and experiences a lot of pain and discomfort in her neck and shoulders.

This impaired Edith’s ability to carry out daily activities, including eating, drinking, watching TV, range, and communicating with her family and friends. She also had difficulty managing her saliva and was at risk of moisture lesions in her neck creases.

Following the insertion of ChinGel support, Edith has reported that her well-being and quality of life has greatly improved. With her head comfortably raised her pain has reduced and her range of movement in her neck has increased.

Edith said: “I can now turn my head to look out of my older window to see the view and read my book in bed.”

She also explained that she uses her ChinGel when eating, as it helps with the swallow and management of saliva. Edith’s communication has improved, she can now make eye contact and is able to join more with conversations and social gatherings.

We will be bringing details of our new ChinGel products soon. Please contact us for more information.

NeckGel improves airways and reduces Pressure Ulcer

Peggy is a lady in her 90s, with arthritis and her neck permanently fixed to the right side and unable to be raised. She could not tolerate support cushions or collars which she found uncomfortable and bulky.

Peggy wore a personal alarm pendant cord around her neck. Due to the moisture in the crease of her neck and the friction from the alarm cord other skin, she developed a pressure ulcer. Her chin on her chest also caused saliva control problems.

Peggy was prescribed a NeckGel support and a wrist alarm to replace the pendant. The new gel support improved Peggy’s airways, her ability to eat and drink with comfort and aided saliva management.

Unlike her previous bulky neck supports, Peggy, who has weakness and limited race of movement in her hands, also found the NeckGel easy to remove and replace herself due to its lightness. With improved airflow reducing moisture and sweating, this helped to heal her pressure ulcer.

We will be bringing details of our new NeckGel products soon. Please contact us for more information.

FlatGel

Treating Grade 3 Pressure Ulcers

Phillis is a 92-year-old lady with end-stage Alzheimer’s disease. She lives in a care home and is cared for in bed. Phillis has developed grade 3 pressure ulcers in the crease of her arms and forearms due to very tight contractures.

The nurses are treating the ulcers and dressing them regularly, however, due to the pressure, heat, and moisture, the wounds are not healing. Phillis also has increased tone in her hands, causing her fingers to flex and contract into a fist. The care team is unable to open her hands out and the pressure from her fingers and nails are causing wounds on the palms of her hands.

Phillis was prescribed flat and dimensional gel, which was positioned underneath her forearms and in-between the creases of her arms. She was also prescribed custom-made gel hand rolls to put between her fingers and palm to encourage opening her hands for hygiene and to protect her skin.