The flu can be a dangerous illness for anyone but is particularly risky for older adults.
Seniors tend to be most vulnerable not only to the sickness itself but also to the potential complications and consequences that can occur as a result. One such complication is pneumonia. This is a potentially very dangerous sickness that can result in death for your older adult. As a family caregiver, it is important for you to not only recognize this risk but take the steps you can to protect your parent from developing pneumonia while they are suffering the flu.
Use these tips to protect an elderly adult with a cold or flu from developing pneumonia:
-Remove dust from the home as much as possible to prevent irritation of the lungs.
-Avoid allowing your parent to take any over-the-counter cold or cough medications without first talking to their doctor. These medications prevent productive coughing, which can be vital for removing phlegm, mucus, bacteria, and other irritants from the lungs.
-Practice aggressive germ control at all times. When your parent is sick, exposure to germs can worsen their condition, and make them sicker. Make sure your parent is washing their hands regularly, and that all people who come in contact with them wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.
-Encourage your parent to stay hydrated. This helps to body fight the germs and thins mucus to make it easier to get out of the body.
-Talk to your parent’s doctor about them getting a pneumococcal vaccination. This can be taken even if your parent has gotten a flu shot, and it can protect them from illness. Just like any vaccination, however, it isn’t right for everyone, so it’s important to talk to their doctor to ensure it’s safe for them.
-Help your parent eat a balanced, healthy diet. Many people with the flu don’t have much of an appetite, but if you can get them to eat, focus on food dense in nutrients that will give their body what it needs to thrive and fight the illness as much as possible.
Elder care can be a fantastic way to help your senior manage their health.
Empowering your parent to take care of themselves, take care of their challenges, and make good lifestyle choices is one of the best things you can do for them as a family caregiver, and an elderly home care services provider can make it possible. This care provider can offer your parent customized services specifically designed to address their limitations and challenges and boost their ability to care for their health and well-being as they age. This can include transportation so they can go where they need and want to on their own schedule, encouragement to stay active and engaged in the world around them, meal and snack preparation to support good nutrition, medication reminders, and more.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Taylors, SC, please contact the caring staff at Upstate Home Care Solutions today. Call (864) 527-0455
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