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What Is a Day with COPD Like for Your Senior?

A day with COPD is a lot different for your elderly family member than her days before COPD. She may need to be more vigilant about guarding her immune system and guard herself against overdoing things. All of this takes time to learn.

 

Home Care Services in Easley SC: A Day with COPD

Home Care Services in Easley SC: A Day with COPD

 

Pneumonia and Lung Infections Are a Real Threat

Your elderly family member’s lungs are not as strong as those of someone who doesn’t have COPD. So when she encounters germs, she’s much more susceptible to them. Paying attention to really simple hygiene tasks, like hand washing, is going to help your senior to avoid much bigger issues in the long run. You may also want to talk to her doctor about the effectiveness of immunizations and other potential preventative measures.

 

Slowing Down Is Vital

In the past, your elderly family member might have raced through each day. That’s not something that she’s going to be able to continue to do reliably, though. She’s going to have to pay attention to what her body and her breathing are telling her and pace herself accordingly. Your elderly family member is likely to notice shortness of breath during normal activities that didn’t bother her before. If she tries to simply push through, she may only succeed in exhausting herself.

 

Panic Can Make Shortness of Breath Worse

One big problem that your senior might encounter is that panic can make shortness of breath worse. So if she is pushing herself and becomes short of breath, those feelings of panic are going to simply escalate the situation. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help your senior to learn how to manage those emotions so that they’re not going to overwhelm her. She’ll also learn techniques that she can use to deal with the shortness of breath.

 

Overdoing it Catches Up with Her Faster

Your elderly family member may still want to do what she’s always done, though. For a time, she may be able to push herself. But after a while, she’ll find that overdoing things catches up with her faster and faster. She may even get to the point where she ends up down for the count the next day because of it. This is why having help from home care providers can be so beneficial. Your senior still has tasks and errands done, but she doesn’t have to do them on her own.

COPD requires your elderly family member to pay attention to situations that she might have overlooked otherwise. It’s crucial that she learns to pace herself and to take care of the lung capacity that she has. If she’s not doing that, she may find her condition worsening much sooner than she expected.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care Services in Easley, SC, please contact the caring staff at Upstate Home Care Solutions today. Call (864) 527-0455

James Bennett

James Bennett is a native of Taylors, SC. A graduate of Riverside High School, he attended Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Packing Science. Upon graduation, he commenced on a career path in food manufacturing with Nestle Frozen Foods (1999 – 2008) and Country Fresh, Inc. (2008 – 2011). When James was only 12, his father, at the age of 37, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).With both an ailing father and a grandmother suffering from several medical conditions, James Bennett and his family were able to unify and provide their loved ones with the home care they needed. Their family structure and consistent schedule were key aspects in providing care. Unfortunately, not all families have the structure, resources, or flexibility to provide the home care their loved one desires. James understands the difficulties families and caregivers encounter while providing and caring for loved ones. A loving son, husband, and father who understands the need to help families, James created Upstate Home Health Care Solutions, LLC in 2011 to fill in the gap for families who need caring individuals to assist with a loved one’s home care needs.

• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business of the Year 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) Program participant 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce MBA Excellence Award Recipient 2017
• Featured on the cover Upstate Business Journal June 2016
• Community Works Economic Impact Award 2016
• Board Member of Ten at the Top (TATT) and Fire Pit Ranch (FPR)
• Member of Upstate Senior Network, Greenville & Spartanburg Chapters
• Member of the Healthcare division of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce
• Member of the Better Business Bureau
• Staff member of Palmetto Boys State sponsored by the American Legion
• Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.