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Pressure Care

Spending more time sitting or chair-bound?
Looking after someone who is now bed-bound?

We can help!  Melbourne Occupational Therapy Services has years of experience with people who spend a lot of time in a chair or bed because of age or disability. Pressure sores, pressure ulcers, bed sores and pressure injury all mean the same.  They can be life threatening if infection sets in.

Go to our ‘Contact & Referral’ page, email us your details and we will contact you.

Did you know that approximately 95% of pressure sores are preventable? –  Contrary to the name, pressure sores can be largely attributed to shear forces.  That’s right, somethings as simple as a person slipping down and slouching in their seat, dragging a person along bedsheets or even just sitting on a food crumb or crease, can start a miro-tear that then develops into a pressure sore.  Often these can affect the tail-bone area (sacrum), hips (greater trochanter’s), heals and bottom (ischial tuberosities).  Pressure sores can quickly deteriorate from a micro-tear to become very nasty. Once a pressure sore develops, it can be very difficult to treat.  The answer is prevention!


1/ We assess you.  We look at your abilities and any medical, age-related or functional issues you may have.  Pressure sore risk is often a combination of factors that may include immobility, nutrition, manual handling techniques, posture, equipment and incontinence.

2/ We assess what may be the contributing factors.

3/ We then come up with a plan.


  • Pressure relieving cushions and mattresses
  • Manual handling techniques
  • Self-help techniques
  • Referral to dietician, nurse or doctor
  • Carer education and much much more

We can help!  Go to our ‘Contact & Referral’ page, email us your details and we will contact you.