Protect thin skin

this image shows wikkies, leg protectors

Protecting legs with thinning skin.

As we age our skin becomes thinner and looses its elasticity. This makes people more vulnerable to injury following slight knocks that would merely bruise someone younger. Many people who suffer a leg injury go on to develop ulcers.

I cared for my Mother in Law who had leg ulcers on both legs and I would advise anyone to take precautions to avoid them. They became infected and wet and her life was just miserable because of them.

Leg ulcers are a hazard for older people and I am all for protecting legs but I am not sure about the leg protectors pictured above. Wikkies are a wrap around leg protection garment which are reportedly thin, light and comfortable yet tough with a unique airflow. They are available in plain colours or with a funky design such as multi-coloured spots. Costing £34.99 they are available to buy online. One advantage they do offer over the Dermatuff products I talk about later is they are easy to put on. You don’t have to be able to reach your feet.

dermatuff socks are thick leg protectors

Another solution are Dermatuff socks and sleeves designed to protect against skin injuries. They look more conventional and I personally think people may be more inclined to wear them on a regular basis, which is what is needed. They are also available as arm sleeves. A significant amount of research has gone into the use of these and it is estimated that if many more elderly people wore these items the saving to the NHS would be huge. Local residents of care homes trialled them and it was found that skin injuries were reduced as you would expect.

I was concerned they may be very warm but the fabric is designed with this in mind making them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Looking more like ordinary socks they don’t slip down and are available in 2 colours. Priced at £30 they are available online or can be ordered by phone. 01395 548199.

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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