Our parents are getting older. For those of us in our 30s, 40s, or 50s, our parents may be facing a number of health issues. One of those that can be extremely stressful for the senior and the rest of the family happens to be pneumonia. If a person has been hospitalized due to pneumonia, it is life-threatening.
For seniors and infants, pneumonia is extremely dangerous.
For elderly people, their immune system is not as strong as it once was. That means it becomes extremely difficult for an older person to fight off some of these infections, including pneumonia.
For a spouse, adult children, and other loved ones who want the best for that elderly person when they’re discharged and sent home, it’s essential that they understand exactly what’s expected of that senior. There are numerous ways people can go about offering the right type of care for a senior who has recently been diagnosed with pneumonia.
This is the most important thing: rest. Even though the senior is going to be feeling great, or at least a lot better when they’re discharged from the hospital, that doesn’t mean the virus or bacteria has been completely eradicated from the body. It’s still there and if the senior does not rest appropriately, they can give the virus or bacteria a chance to reestablish itself, thus making it even more difficult to get rid of it a second time around.
Talk about home care support.
If family members and friends are not available to support this senior whenever he or she needs it (within reason) talk about home care options. In fact, nothing is better at helping elderly clients recover from pneumonia and other serious medical situations than experienced home care providers.
This senior may not want to even consider hiring a home care aide, but when he or she realizes the impact pneumonia is having on their body and how difficult it is to actually get rid of, they may be more willing to accept any experienced help they can get.
Don’t suppress the cough.
Not only is it important for seniors with pneumonia to rest when they’re discharged from the hospital, but they will be dealing with a persistent cough for a while. The cough is helping to expel the virus or bacteria from the body, so unless it is extremely painful and uncomfortable, there should be no attempt to suppress it with over-the-counter cough suppressant.
If there are any questions or the cough seems to be too painful, the senior should consult his or her doctor as soon as possible.
If you are considering hiring home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Galion, Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161. Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
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