Shingles is a condition that is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Anyone who has had chicken pox in the past can get shingles because it occurs when the virus, which stays in the body for life after the initial infection, reactivates. Shingles causes a variety of symptoms, including a rash and pain. However, the severity of the symptoms can vary. One person might have such a painful case that it hurts to put on clothes or be covered with a sheet. Another person may feel itchy, but not have any pain at all. Shingles can be prevented by getting a vaccination. But, the vaccination is not a 100 percent guarantee that the senior will not get shingles. If they do, it should be a milder case. If your older family member gets shingles, there are ways to cope with the symptoms at home, such as those listed below.
#1: Use Cold Compresses to Ease Itching
Older adults should avoid scratching the itchy rash because it can lead to an infection. Instead, try applying a cold compress to the itchy area. Run a clean washcloth under cool water and wring it out. Then, place the cool cloth on the rash for about 20 minutes. However, cool compresses should not be used after the blisters stop oozing or in combination with creams or patches on the skin.
#2: Get Some Sleep
Sleeping can help to manage the stress that having a painful, itchy, uncomfortable condition can cause. It also gives the immune system the strength needed to fight the virus that causes shingles, which may help the older adult to heal a little faster.
#3: Wear Loose Clothing
Wearing loose clothing will be more comfortable than clothing that fits tight to the skin and is in constant contact with the rash. It will also be more comfortable to wear soft, natural fibers, like cotton and linen.
#4: Eat Nutritious Foods
Eating well is important to overall health. It also helps to give the body the nutrients needed to fuel the immune system and fight the virus. The older adult should try to eat regular meals that include healthy ingredients, including fruits and vegetables.
#5: Use Elderly Care
Elderly care can help seniors with shingles to be more comfortable until the symptoms pass. An elderly care provider can prepare cool compresses and help the older adult to apply them. Elderly care can also make healthy meals and snacks. In addition, an elderly care provider can be a good source of emotional support and offer a distraction to stop the senior from thinking about their symptoms.
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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.