Subacute Nursing Care

Subacute Nursing Care

Subacute Nursing Care – Our specialities include geriatric care , palliative care , tracheotomy care , wound care , pressure ( bed ) sore care and more.

Geriatric Care Management is the process of planning & coordinating elderly care to ensure that the elderly is empowered to be as independent as possible. This can include helping them undertake more of their ADL (activities of daily living). We do this by taking into consideration their current physiological needs to better meet their long term care and quality of life.

Palliative Care Management is the process of relieving and ameliorating the suffering of patients. Please take note that palliative care can also encompass hospice care – that is nearing end stage life care. Similar to geriatric care, palliative care looks at all angles of care management and will take the input of healthcare professionals, next of kin and also the patients’ own expectations and preferences into consideration. A medication is said to have a palliative effect if they improve or relieve symptoms without healing the fundamental root problem or illness. It can be as simple as administering pain killers for aching associated with a severe bout of flu.

Tracheotomy is the process of making an incision on the neck and trachea or windpipe to open up a direct passage for air to travel through. The resulting tracheostomy or stoma(hole) can serve directly as an airway passage or as a conduit for a tracheostomy tube. The tube is vital as it allows the person to breathe without the use of the nose or mouth. An example of a situation where tracheotomy is required is severe facial trauma, rendering the nose or mouth incapable of helping the individual breathe.

There are a few basic steps when it comes to wound care. Ensuring that the wound site is free of debris or dirty material is crucial in ensuring that the wound does not get infected or else healing becomes problematic. Normally, saline solution would be used to wash the wound before drying it thoroughly. Thereafter, bandage with medication if required. A common wound associated with bedridden old folks is bed or pressure sores. This is commonly seen in elderly who lie on the bed for long durations and do not move about. Coupled with sweat or urine, the constant pressure also reduces blood flow to the areas of the body such as the back. In order for a wound to heal faster, it is best to keep it in a dry environment. Hence, it would be ideal to relieve the pressure on the afore mentioned areas to facilitate the passage of air movement to expedite drying of wound. The usual methods to relieve bed sores would be to use a decubitus mattress or to rotate the sleeping position from supine to lateral positions once every few hours.

Clover care centre would like to inform sponsors that we are experienced in the various subacute nursing care geared towards the elderly and we will do our best to ensure that our residents are given the best possible care.