10 Questions to Ask Your At-Home Wound Care Provider

April 29, 2024

Chronic wounds can be frustrating and isolating. You might have questions about your specific condition, treatment options, or how to manage the pain. At Preferred Healthcare, we want our wound care patients and their families to have the information they need to make recovery smooth and supportive.

What Type of Wound Do I Have? Understanding the specific type of wound (e.g., diabetic ulcer, venous ulcer, pressure ulcer) can help you understand its underlying causes and most appropriate treatment options and discuss prevention and reoccurrence with your medical team.

What Caused My Wound? Preferred Healthcare’s mobile wound care providers can help you understand the lifestyle factors that could be contributing to your wound’s development. Our team of certified wound care providers can help you modify your lifestyle or habits to promote healing and prevent recurrence.

What Are My Treatment Options? Discuss available treatment options, including dressings, medications, therapies (e.g., compression therapy), and surgical interventions, and their potential benefits and risks.

How Often and How Should I Change my Wound Dressing? It’s important to know when to change your dressings to ensure a hygienic and supportive environment for healing. If your dressings become wet or soiled before your next home wound care visit, the technique required for dressing changes is essential to prevent infection and promote healing.

What Signs of Infection Should I Watch for? Recognizing the signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, swelling, or pus drainage, is crucial. Ask your wound care team what to do in the event of an infection or if you suspect you have an infection, such as when to call them for an additional home assessment and when to see a provider immediately.

How Can I Aid in My Healing? Between clinic visits, inquire about activities or habits supporting healing, such as nutrition, hydration, smoking cessation, and proper wound care techniques.

When Will I See Improvement or Healing? Understanding the expected timeline for wound healing can help manage expectations and identify when adjustments to the treatment plan might be necessary.

What are Warning Signs My Wound Isn’t Healing Like It Should? Knowing the red flags of delayed healing, such as persistent pain, slow or stalled progress, or recurrence despite treatment, can prompt timely intervention.

Where Can I Find Chronic Wound Support and Education? Ask about educational materials, support groups, or community resources that can provide additional guidance and assistance throughout your wound-healing journey. Preferred Healthcare’s expert wound care specialists offer education, training, and advice on appropriate wound care techniques for caregivers and families.

When Should I Schedule Follow-up Appointments, and what should I do to optimize healing? Clarify the frequency of follow-up visits and any specific actions or precautions you should take between appointments to promote healing and prevent complications.

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Our licensed wound-care specialists know how difficult it can be to keep all your scheduled appointments with an off-site wound-care center. We provide mobile wound-care services to the patient’s home, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing facilities, meeting the patient where they need us. Schedule a mobile wound care appointment online or call 404-919-5708.

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