5 Types of Non-Healing Wounds We Treat in Your Home

Jun 20, 2024
Non-healing wounds require specialized care to prevent complications and promote healing. At-home health care offers essential services tailored to each patient's unique needs, delivering expert wound care in the comfort of your home.

Non-healing wounds affect many individuals, particularly those with underlying health conditions or certain risk factors. People with diabetes are especially prone to non-healing wounds. 

Other chronic conditions like vascular disease, which impairs blood flow, can also increase the risk. Additionally, your risk is heightened if you have a weakened immune system due to age, illness, or medications.

Wounds that don't heal alone significantly increase the risk of infection and other serious health complications. If you or a loved one develops any non-healing wounds, you can rely on the 24/7 Care At Home team to provide exceptional at-home wound care and reduce the risk of complications. Here, we discuss four types of non-healing wounds our team can treat in the comfort of your home. 

Managing Diabetic Ulcers

Diabetic ulcers are a common complication for individuals with diabetes, often developing on the feet due to poor circulation and nerve damage. These ulcers are often stubborn and slow to heal without proper care. As home health care providers, we're well-equipped to:

  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Provide specialized wound care 
  • Educating patients on proper foot care
  • Implement nutritional plans to support wound healing

Patients with diabetic ulcers can experience improved healing and a reduced risk of complications by receiving regular, professional care at home.

Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, develop when prolonged pressure on the skin restricts blood flow, causing tissue damage. Patients with limited mobility are at risk of this type of non-healing wound. Our team can:

  • Regularly repositioning patients to ease pressure 
  • Keep wounds and dressing clean to prevent infection
  • Educating caregivers and patients on preventive measures 

Prompt care can help prevent pressure ulcers from progressing and support healing.

Treating Abrasions

Abrasions occur when the skin is scraped or rubbed off, often due to falls or friction against a rough surface. Although abrasions are generally less severe than other types of wounds, they can become non-healing if not properly cared for, particularly if they become infected or if you have underlying health issues.

Our team can thoroughly cleanse the wound to remove dirt and debris, which is crucial to preventing infection. We will then apply appropriate dressings to protect the area, promote healing, and closely monitor the wound for signs of infection.

Addressing Avulsions

Avulsions are serious wounds where a section of skin and tissue is torn away, often due to trauma or accidents. These wounds can be particularly challenging to heal due to the extent of tissue damage and the risk of infection.

We have extensive experience managing this type of wound. Our team will carefully debride the wound to remove any dead or damaged tissue, which can promote better healing. We may apply specialized dressings to protect the wound and encourage new tissue growth. Depending on the severity of the wound, you may need to take antibiotics to prevent or treat infections. 

Healing Incisions

If you have surgery, you may need at-home wound care to promote incision healing and prevent infection. Our team will apply sterile dressings and change them regularly to protect the wound and encourage healing. 

We'll monitor the incision for signs of infection or other complications, such as increased pain, redness, or discharge. 

If you or a loved one is dealing with a non-healing wound, contact our home healthcare team today to learn more about how we can help you achieve optimal health and recovery.