If your aging relative has recently been diagnosed with the disease known as lupus, you may be faced with an overwhelming amount to information about how to help them navigate their golden years with the condition. Seniors with late-onset lupus will have to make some significant lifestyle changes to manage the condition, and you won’t be able to support them all by yourself. As you are arranging for in-home care for your elderly loved one, investigate the option of a home health care provider.
Lupus Alters a Senior’s Lifestyle
Lupus, an inflammatory disease that triggers the immune system to attack the body tissues, is a serious health problem that has no cure. It affects the brain, lungs, skin, heart, brain and blood cells. It presents with a rash, joint pain, fever, chest pain, headaches and anemia. However, when properly managed, the symptoms can be reduced, and the harmful effects minimized. That’s why it’s so important for you to learn all you can about how lupus will affect your elderly relative’s life and what that means for their future.
If the lupus is undiagnosed and untreated, it can result in very serious health problems for aging adults, such as blood clots, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. It can be very painful and significantly limit a person’s ability to enjoy life without serious challenges. It’s no wonder that seniors with lupus must rely on family caregivers and home health care providers to help them with day-to-day tasks.
In-Home Care Providers for Seniors with Lupus
Managing lupus symptoms may seem like a full-time job and it is definitely going to be difficult for you to take care of all the responsibilities on behalf of your elderly relative on your own. Along with taking care of your loved one, you’ll also be responsible for tasks around the house, from laundry and cleaning to making sure your aging relative is comfortable and safe. Hiring a home health care provider relieves the stress in your own life and gives your aging loved one a reliable and dependable assistant and companion.
Treatment for lupus requires topical and oral medication, and the home health care provider can remind seniors to take care of both on schedule. Seniors should also avoid triggers for lupus which includes smoking and stress. Having a home health care provider in the house gives seniors the ability to relax and not struggle to get through the daily activities. Home helth care providers can also help with healthy meals, encourage activity and transport the aging adult to medical appointments and to the pharmacy as needed.
Getting a diagnosis of lupus isn’t the best news, but it is far from a disaster. When you hire an in-home care provider to attend to your aging relative’s needs at home, they will benefit from the professional care and frequent attention as they work hard to minimize the effects of lupus in their lives;
If you or a loved one are in need of Home Health Care Services in Northampton 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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