Fall is officially here, and the winter is rapidly approaching.
That means many things, but one that is particularly important for you as a family caregiver is the onset of cold and flu season. This is the time of year when infection and illness are on the rise, and elderly adults are especially vulnerable. Lower immune systems, less activity, less healthy nutrition, and more can put your parent at increased risk of contracting the flu. As a family caregiver, it is extremely important for you to understand this sickness and how it can impact your parent. This will help you to give them the care they need to manage the flu effectively and get over it quickly.
Some important things you should know about the flu and your senior include:
- The risk for heart attack is 3 to 5 times higher in the first two weeks of infection
- The risk for stroke is 2 to 3 times higher in the first two weeks of infection
- 78 percent of hospitalizations related to the flu occur in seniors over the age of 64
- There are 6 times more deaths among older adults than any other age group
- Death associated with the flu can occur weeks after the initial infection
- The most effective means of preventing flu among seniors is the flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
It is very important to talk to your senior’s doctor about how to help keep your parent safe from the flu. The shot is not appropriate for all seniors, and the only way to make the decision that is right for your loved one is to discuss it with their medical team.
Senior care can be extremely beneficial for an elderly adult who is suffering from the flu.
This sickness can be very hard on your parent and require days or even weeks of recuperation. A senior home care services provider can help your parent to get the rest they need, and make the most of their healing time. Help with tasks around the home such as laundry and dishes allow your parent to conserve energy, meal preparation encourages good nutrition, and medication reminders help your parent stay compliant with their prescriptions, as well as with guidelines given by their doctor. Even after your parent has gotten over their flu, support making good lifestyle choices, including germ control, can help your parent experience better health and well-being as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Senior Care in Ardmore, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: (484) 206-4544
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