When it comes to being a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is struggling with potentially serious health issues such as COPD, being informed is one of the most important things you can do. Educating yourself allows you to be an advocate for your senior, be confident in your ability to give your senior the care they need as they deal with this condition, and also enables you to recognize changes in their symptoms or responses to treatment so you can bring them to the attention of their doctor as quickly as possible. One of the most important ways you can be educated and aware while caring for an elderly adult who is living with COPD is to ask questions. These questions will help to give you a better insight into your senior’s condition and what you can do as their caregiver to help them better cope with their condition.
Some questions you should ask your parents doctor about COPD include:
- Are there any vaccinations they should take to protect their health? For some elderly adults, flu and pneumococcal vaccination may be appropriate for helping to protect them from the possibility of these illnesses. It is important to talk to your senior’s doctor before getting them as they are not right for everyone
- Is your senior using their medication properly? If your aging loved one does not feel absolutely confident with using their medication or therapy properly, it is critical to talk to their doctor about it. Not using a medication such as an inhaler or nebulizer properly it can diminish the effectiveness of the medication, and may even be dangerous
- What are signs to look out for that would indicate their condition is worsening? Ask what your senior or you should look out for to identify if your senior’s condition may be getting worse. The sooner this is identified, the sooner the doctor can make modifications to their care and management that will help address their challenges and improve their symptoms
- What types of Rehabilitation programs are available? Pulmonary rehabilitation programs can be exceptionally beneficial for elderly adults who are living with COPD. These programs are designed to improve lung health and encourage your parent to live a healthier lifestyle
As a family caregiver, your most important responsibility is making sure your senior is able to live their highest quality of life. This goes beyond just helping them to manage their health challenges. Seniors also deserve companionship, motivation, and support to be as independent as possible. Elderly care can help this happen. An elderly home care services provider can offer your aging parent a completely customized set of services specifically designed with them as an individual in mind. This means they will get what they need, when they need it, and have their thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and personality respected and honored at all times.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in Alexandria, MN, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Senior Care today. Providing Home Care in Central Minnesota and Surrounding Communities. Call us Today (320) 352-3350.
Cindy grew up in Sauk Centre and raised her three children here. She has five grandchildren.Married to Mike since 2010, she keeps busy with gardening and outdoor activities.
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