Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that affects an estimated 200,000 people in America. It is caused by damaged lung tissue that leads to a build up of scar tissue in the lungs. The scarred lungs become stiff and make breathing difficult. Living with pulmonary fibrosis can be difficult for older adults and the people who care for them. However, in addition to following the doctor’s advice, there are several ways to help seniors manage pulmonary fibrosis at home and elderly care can help.
Below are some ways to manage the condition and what elderly care can do to help.
Prepare for Doctor Appointments
Older adults with pulmonary fibrosis may see their doctors more often than others. Being prepared for the appointments can help seniors to get the most out of them. Elderly care providers can help seniors to write down questions they have before the appointment. This can help the older adult to remember what they want to ask the doctor and keep the visit focused. If the senior agrees, an elderly care provider can sit in on the appointment and take notes to aid the senior in remembering what the doctor said.
Take Medications Correctly
It’s important for seniors to use the medications prescribed by their doctors correctly, and to remember to take them. Elderly care providers cannot give seniors medication, but they can remind them when it is time to take them. They can also monitor the person to ensure they take the proper dosage.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of vegetables and fruits can keep the older adult healthier overall. An elderly care provider can make meals for your aging relative that are balanced and give them all the nutrition they need.
Keep Up on Vaccinations
It’s important for older adults with pulmonary fibrosis to get annual flu shots to help protect their lungs from more damage. They should also talk to their doctor about whether they should get a pneumonia vaccination. Elderly care can offer transportation to the doctor’s office or clinic, so the senior can get their vaccination.
Remain Physically Active
Exercise helps keep the body healthy. It is necessary for maintain strong muscles and bones. It can also help older adults to sleep better and improve overall health. Seniors with pulmonary fibrosis should continue to exercise but must do so with caution. Getting a little short of breath during exercise is fine, but if they become dizzy or have pains in their chest, they should stop. Elderly care providers can monitor the senior while they exercise to make sure they stay safe.
If you or a loved one are in need of Elderly Care Services in Easton PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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