Senior Care in Danbury CT
September is Pain Awareness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you to evaluate your aging parent's chronic pain and find meaningful ways to help them to not only cope with the pain that they are experiencing, but to avoid some of the pain for improved health and quality of life. As the weather changes and the autumn months come in, think of ways that you can adjust your care efforts to help keep your parent from experiencing worsened pain, and help them to cope with the pain that they do experience.
Try some of these tips for coping with pain this fall season:
• Sprinkle on some cinnamon. Cinnamon is a favorite warming spice of the fall season and it starts to show up in everything from pies to coffee drinks at this time of year. In addition to being delicious and filling your parent with warmth, comfort, and nostalgia, cinnamon may also help them to experience less pain. Cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory, which means that it helps to keep inflammation in the joints down, helping to improve pain.
• Be aware of slippery conditions. The fall weather tends to be rainier than the summer, and that can mean higher risk of slips and falls. These falls can result in very serious injuries to your aging loved one, resulting in worsened pain and even new sources of chronic pain. Be aware of these risks and take steps to minimize them. Adding floor mats inside the door and ensuring that all handrails are secure are simple ways that you can lessen the risk of a fall and protect your parent from injury.
• Warm it up. The temperatures during the day may still be high, but as early as late August and early September the mornings and nights start to get cooler. Elderly adults are more prone to the cold than younger people, and your aging loved one's body will react to it more strongly than you might expect. Being chilled causes the muscles and joints to tighten, worsening pain and potentially furthering pain-causing conditions such as arthritis. Make sure that your loved one is using their home climate control system properly and that they dress appropriately to keep themselves comfortable and their muscles and joints relaxed.
If your aging parent is suffering from chronic pain, starting senior care for them may be an ideal option for helping your parent to cope and to maintain a better quality of life as they age in place. A senior home care services provider can be with your parent on a schedule that works for your loved one and for you so that your parent gets the consistent level of care, support, and assistance that they need. This care provider will evaluate your loved one's individual needs, challenges, and limitations and create a personalized approach to care that addresses these needs while also encouraging your parent to handle as much of their own needs as possible. When it comes to coping with pain, this care provider can help your parent to find ways to stay more active, offer support and encouragement, and modify daily tasks so that they are better able to fulfill them themselves for improved mental and emotional health.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Danbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.