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I would really love some suggestions, if anybody has advice at all that they can offer. My mum is 84 and has 2 large painful leg ulgers on her ankles on both legs that have persisted for 2 years. She is adament that she does not want and cannot stand compression bandaging. She understands the theory of it and is very informed generally. My 87 year old father mainly changes the dressings (Melolin) and lightly bangages them for her. I also do it sometimes when I visit. The melolin dressings are not terribly absorbant nor comfortable. She pays for the dressings herslf and this is quite costly but the District nurse told her that, as she refused the compression bandaging there was nothing else to offer her. My brother was there at the time and asked if there was another dressing that could be recommended and she suggested one that we are unable to get in the size needed to cover the ulcer and my Mum explained that to her, but she just shrugged. Due to my mums lack of compliance she has become isolated from any medical care. She has become afraid to contact the GP because she says she is not doing what she has been told. My brother contacted the patient manager at the GP clinic and she sent the District nurse (again). And the cycle goes on. I want my mum to have the best care but I do not want to go against her wishes.
Does anyone know of any good absorbant dressing she could use? Does she have the right to insist on an alternative to the compression bandaging from her GP surgery? I would appreciate any help!
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