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Tips for Caring for an Elderly Adult Suffering from Pneumonia

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Home Health Care Naples FLEach year approximately 2 million people suffer from pneumonia. Elderly adults in particular are at serious risk of suffering this severe lung infection, and are more likely to experience serious consequences, including death. As a family caregiver it is essential that you know how to give them the home health care that they need to help them get through this condition, manage their recovery in the best way possible, and move forward in a healthier way.

Use these tips to give your aging parent the best care possible as they are suffering and recovering from pneumonia:

• Encourage them to rest. Pneumonia is extremely difficult on the body. Pushing themselves too hard makes it more difficult for their body to heal and can lead to worsened symptoms and even further infections. Encourage your loved one to rest throughout the day and be sure to arrange for help managing tasks around the home so that they do not have to handle them themselves.

• Make sure they are compliant. Taking their medications the way that the doctor has prescribed is critical to their recovery. Offer your aging loved one meaningful reminders so that they can remain completely compliant with their prescriptions as well as any other guidelines that their doctor has given them. This will help them to recover as quickly and effectively as possible, protect their body from further infections and illnesses, and help to prevent more serious consequences.

• Know what to look for. Before your aging parent leaves the hospital, make sure that they talk to their doctor about what types of symptoms they might experience. Know what to look for as your parent is recovering so that you know if they are experiencing normal symptoms or medication side effects, or if there is something going on that should concern you. This will ensure that you can get them the medical attention that they might need to handle what is happening.

• Practice aggressive germ control. Remember that when your aging parent is dealing with pneumonia and its recovery, their immune system is even further compromised. This means that they are susceptible to contracting other illnesses or infections that put them at serious risk. Practice aggressive germ control to protect your parent, including washing your hands throughout the day, keeping the home clean, and preventing contact with anyone who may have been ill recently.

If your aging parent is suffering from pneumonia or you are concerned about their health, especially during the fall and winter seasons, starting home health care for them might be the ideal solution. An elderly home health care services provider can offer your aging parent a highly personalized set of services tailored to their individual needs, challenges, and limitations, including their pneumonia symptoms, as well as their personality, beliefs, and lifestyle.

Through this customized approach to care, support, encouragement, and assistance this care provider can help your parent manage their condition, get through their recovery in the most effective way possible, stay healthier and safer, and avoid future infections and illnesses. With a continued care relationship, your parent can enjoy a lifestyle that is more active, engaged, and independent for a healthier, happier, and higher quality of life.

Sources:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/pneumonia.htm
https://www.thoracic.org/patients/patient-resources/resources/top-pneumonia-facts.pdf

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Health Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

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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