When an older family member is diagnosed with leukemia, it can leave you wondering what you can do to help. Because leukemia can cause some difficult symptoms, such as fatigue, and the treatment can lead to side effects, like nausea and vomiting, an older adult with the disease will need a lot of help. If you’re wondering how to care for someone with leukemia, we’ve got some tips to help you.
Help Avoid Infection
People with leukemia are at a higher risk for infection because their immune systems are compromised. The white blood cells needed to fight infections don’t mature the way they should. In addition, chemotherapy also impacts the immune system. Therefore, it’s important to take extra steps to prevent them from becoming ill. To prevent infection, people who come in contact with the senior should wash their hands frequently as should the older adult. When the older adult leaves the house, it may be a good idea for them to wear a protective mask. It’s also a good idea to know the signs of infection, so you can watch for them. Some common signs of infection are fever, sore throat, and abdominal pain.
Allow for Rest
Recovering from a serious illness requires some extra rest to allow the body to heal. Encourage good sleep habits in the older adult by making their bedroom a restful place. Remove clutter and items that may distract them from sleeping well, such as the television and electronic devices. In addition, try to help the senior to go to bed at the same time each night. You may want to visit around bedtime to help them relax and get ready for bed. In addition, if they need to nap during the day, try to keep the house quiet. Answer the phone promptly or turn off the ringer. Keep the noise from the television or radio low.
Hire Home Care to Help
It’s often hard for family members to devote the time needed to take care of all of an older adult’s needs, particularly when they have an illness that adds extra challenges. Fortunately, it’s possible to hire them the extra help they need by contacting a home care agency. A home care agency can assign qualified and fully vetted staff members to come to the older adult’s home on their schedule to assist with the things they need. Some of the things home care providers can do are drive the senior to treatment appointments, make meals for them, clean the house, and assist them when they are struggling with symptoms or side effects.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home health care in Denver, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.