Mental Health and Pressure Injuries | Emotional Well-being 

What does self-care mean to you? It might mean joining a club or team, for a routine of regular physical activity and friendship. It could mean a daily mental health practice that helps to keep you calm and balanced, regardless of the other challenges life throws your way. It may be the support you rely on from your personal network of family, friends or trusted health care providers.

If you have a disability, the capacity for self care can be interrupted by significant problems with housing, finances, a lack of social support, or with something like a wound.

What does it take to protect your mental health in challenging circumstances? That’s what we’re talking about today.

On this episode of Underestimated, presented by Oatley Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers and brought to you by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, we’re talking about mental health and self-care. Geoff Soloman invites us into his home to discuss his healing wound, what is working and how he’s staying positive and well during challenging circumstances.

Geoff was injured in 1971 and first went through rehab at the old Lyndhurst Lodge. In 1976 he met a student physiotherapist, Mary, and in 1978 he married her. They have been married ever since. Geoff spent his working career as an insurance broker in Meaford, Ontario. Geoff has two daughters. He has been retired since 2008 and enjoys reading, watching cycling and listening to music.

Pressure injuries are skin and tissue damage. They are caused by sitting or lying too long on one part of the body. They can also be caused by pressure combined with shear. Shear is when the skin moves one way, and the tissue underneath moves the opposite way. This can happen when you slide down in bed or transfer your weight from one surface to another.

The deeper the injury is, the harder it is to treat. That’s why it is so important to try to prevent them. You, and those who help with your care, should always watch for signs of pressure injuries. Get them treated right away. If things aren’t getting better, be sure to consult a health care provider who can help you manage pressure injuries.

Some people might experience increased risk factors for developing pressure injuries, such as:

  • Inadequate access to health care
  • Lack of mobility
  • Poor nutrition
  • History of pressure injury.

Areas of skin breakdown can be a sign you may need to assess your strength, balance and posture, stretch and strengthen your muscles and joints. Moving more and making your transfers smoother can help protect your skin.

Visit Cortree for more resources on skin health and pressure injuries.

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