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How A Home Care Agency Can Help Your Parent Manage Their Illness

Dec 7, 2017 by Erin Couchell

Professional home care aides can provide much-needed assistance for seniors with common chronic conditions or seasonal illnesses

If your loved one has become ill with a number of chronic conditions, they may not have to move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. A trained home care professional can help them manage their condition or conditions, helping them stay safe, independent and healthy for a long time.

We put together this guide for loved ones wondering if their parent's condition can be managed with help from a caregiver. The following are some chronic illnesses that could greatly benefit from the attention of a caregiving professional.

Arthritis

People are generally under the impression that arthritis is one illness. However, it is actually a term encompassing a wide range of conditions that cause joint pain or stiffness. Seniors suffering from arthritis can benefit greatly from having a home care professional around. Senior care agencies offer companionship care, which includes helping your loved one have regular access to exercise that is right for them. This helps lower inflammation and stiffness.

Osteoporosis

Seniors with osteoporosis suffer from frail bones that can break easily. If your loved one has osteoporosis, a caregiver can help them stay safe. They will do everything in their power to make sure your loved one is as safe as possible from taking a fall or stumbling. This means that a caregiver will fall-proof your loved one's home. They will also work with your loved one to arrange their home in such a way that there is very little chance of falling. They will help your loved one put on proper footwear and make sure they are never going outside when it is icy.

Cardiovascular Disease

More often than not, seniors suffer from cardiovascular disease. This too is a general term encompassing a wide range of illnesses like coronary heart disease, stroke, congenital heart disease, hypertension, and arteriosclerosis. A home care professional will work with your loved one to find ways to help them live a healthier life. This includes helping to regulate their diet and increasing their activity levels.

Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

About 70% of seniors weight too much for their body type. This means that they are inevitably suffering from some form of metabolic misbalance, which can affect organs like the pancreas and kidneys. If your loved one is having trouble regulating their weight, it is best to start working on it as soon as possible. Losing weight will not only help improve their health, they will feel better as well.

This is not an exhaustive list of common diseases home care professionals care for. No matter what your loved one has been diagnosed with, the sooner you start looking into home care options, the better. 

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