Anyone who suffers from asthma knows how frightening an attack can be. When you suddenly have difficulty taking in a deep breath, it can ratchet up the anxiety, making it even more difficult to calm down and inhale properly. For a senior who is dealing with asthma, there are times when their safety may be compromised as a result of one of these attacks.
Safety for every senior at home should be a top concern.
It usually is, too. As May is Asthma Awareness Month, there are plenty of reasons why asthma can cause stress and anxiety and potentially lead to safety concerns that seniors need to be honest about and address as directly as possible.
First, panic can set in.
When somebody is walking around, sitting and relaxing, doing the dishes, preparing a meal, or even walking outside, and if they begin suffering an asthma attack, it can cause panic. Sure, people who have been dealing with asthma most of their life have become used to these things, and using an inhaler is often a great remedy to help bring quick relief.
What if, though, the senior has only recently been dealing with this type of condition? They may become panicked. If a person is suddenly unable to breathe properly, they might not think clearly and rationally. Having an experienced home care aide or other professional support the senior can help improve safety when they’re coping with asthma for the first time in their life.
Second, it may increase other health risks.
When dealing with asthma, it can actually lead to an increased risk of other health situations or complications developing. Lung, heart, and other organs can be directly impacted by an asthma attack. If the brain loses oxygen, it may become difficult to think and it could lead to other challenges that impact safety.
Third, they may lose focus.
When somebody is not getting enough oxygen through their body, it can affect their ability to rationally think and reason. They may become less focused. Even if the asthma attack is considered relatively mild and they don’t become extremely panicked, they may lose focus and when that happens safety is an issue.
If a senior is diagnosed with asthma, it’s a good idea to talk about their safety and how to help them cope with the prospect of an asthma attack when they’re alone. Making sure they’re not alone by hiring a home care aide can be a great way to improve safety for any of these seniors.
If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Terrell, TX, please contact the caring staff at Visiting Angels. Call today: (972) 588-4534.
In 2012 while still working at the college my wife of 45 years began to develop Alzheimer’s. She had always expressed the desire to remain in our home if something like this happened. I began to think of the various ways that I could fulfill her wish. After a great deal of deliberation our daughter and I decided that opening a Visiting Angels Franchise would be the best option. In August of 2013 we went to training and came home with a great deal of enthusiasm. We have been up and running for close to two years now and we have helped so many people that have the same desire as my wife. They have many different stories but they all have one thing in common they want to spend their last days in familiar surroundings with the memories of a life time.