I first learned about non-stick bandages the hard way. My father had fallen and scraped layers of skin off his arm as he hit the wall on his way down. An EMT wrapped his arm, from wrist to elbow, with gauze that the ER doctor later, as gently as possible, removed. Watching that doctor remove that gauze, stuck so solidly to the wound, was awful.

When I think of supplies everyone should have on hand, I think of non-stick bandages and paper tape. In particular, for those of us caring for older adults with paper-thin skin, the non-stick bandages and paper tape mean an easier time cleaning and dressing a wound. I apply an anti-bacterial ointment, then apply a non-stick bandage secured with paper tape and then wrap gauze around that bandage to cover a skin tear or wound.

(Note: I’m not a nurse or doctor so please check with your caree’s doctor for instructions and guidance appropriate for your situation.)


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About Denise

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched Caregiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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