If you are a family caregiver for one of the millions of older adults who are living with bronchial asthma, you know how important it is to help them to handle this condition effectively. Asthma causes shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing that can be unpleasant and even dangerous for your elderly loved one. As a family caregiver, it is important that you adjust your care routine to address the needs and challenges related to asthma so that you can help them to experience a better quality of life throughout their later years.
Use these tips to help you care for a senior who is suffering from bronchial asthma:
• Identify their triggers. The majority of people who are living with asthma have triggers that cause or worsen their symptoms. Unfortunately more than half of people with this condition report that they do not know about triggers or know how to avoid them. Work with your senior and their doctor to identify their triggers, which could be pollen, dust, pet dander, chemical fumes, smoke, or other environmental issues, exercise, or cold and dry conditions.
• Help them avoid their triggers. Even among those who understand triggers, many do not actively avoid them. Take steps to help your parent avoid their triggers so that they can keep their symptoms and attacks to a minimum.
• Use high quality air filters. The air that your aging parent breaths is vital to their health of their lungs and the experience of their asthma. Replace the air filters in their home with high quality, anti-allergy versions to catch more contaminants and produce cleaner, healthier air.
• Clean regularly. Removing dust, dirt, pollen, and other contaminants from the home is important to protecting your loved one and helping them to manage their asthma. Clean their home regularly to remove these contaminants, including dusting all decorative items and vacuuming upholstery.
• Take advantage of their air conditioner. Running their air conditioner helps to keep the humidity in the home down and reduces the airborne contaminants in the air. This also reduces your parent opening their windows, which will introduce more contaminants into the home.
If you have noticed that your senior loved one’s challenges and limitations have gotten worse and you no longer feel confident that you are able to give them the level of care that they need, or your own limitations or schedule have changed and you cannot give them the care that you would want to, starting home care for them might be the ideal solution. Whether your parent needs only a small amount of support such as transportation and help with activities of daily living, or more extensive care and support, you can work with an in-home care provider to personalized a schedule and an approach to help them address their individual challenges and limitations in the way that is right for them. As a family caregiver, this can give you peace of mind knowing that your senior is in good hands both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.
The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable caregivers in Galena Park, TX, and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.