As your elderly family member’s family caregiver, it falls to you to manage her overall health. If your aging family member can’t or doesn’t communicate to you what is happening, however, you may need to look for other cues.
Sudden Weight Changes
Fluctuations in weight, especially if they’re sudden, can be a big indication that there’s something going on with your elderly family member. She may be having difficulty eating or she may be developing a serious health condition. Regardless, her doctor can help you sort through the situation.
Bowel and Bladder Changes
Changes to your elderly family member’s bowel and bladder health can be a big sign of other issues. If your aging family member is having painful or more frequent urination, she may be dealing with an infection in her urinary tract. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Sores or Other Indications of Skin Problems
Sores or wounds that don’t heal properly can be a signal that there are other problems going on. If ignored, these small issues can become much larger than you expect and could even lead to amputation or other surgical procedures.
Fevers or Trouble Regulating Temperature
Fever indicates usually that there is some sort of internal infection happening. Your aging family member might also have difficulty regulating her own temperature, which can be dangerous in both colder and hotter weather.
Hallucinations or Delusions
Imagining things and situations that are not real can be a sign that your elderly family member is developing other conditions, such as dementia. It can also be a side effect of a head injury sustained during a fall or accident. It’s important to mention these to her doctor so that your elderly family member can get an accurate diagnosis.
Signs of Pain
Any signs of pain, especially if that pain doesn’t seem to have an obvious cause, are definitely cause for concern. Make sure that you mention pain to your elderly family member’s doctor so that he can determine the right course of action.
There may be more that you need to be aware of that is specifically related to your elderly family member’s individual health concerns, so be sure to talk to her doctor about what you need to consider an emergency.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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