Millions of elderly Americans are diagnosed with kidney disease each year. While there is no known cure, doctors can help their aging patients manage the symptoms of kidney disease, slowing down the decline of these important organs. Elderly adults with chronic kidney disease who still want to live in their own home will have to rely on a family caregiver to assist them with daily tasks. If family caregivers can’t be there, it’s time to hire a home care provider.
Kidney Disease Affects a Senior’s Day-to-Day Life.
The symptoms of kidney disease often prevent an aging adult from accomplishing all the daily tasks they must do to live independently. The most common symptoms in seniors include headaches, nausea, vomiting, swelling of feet and legs, frequent urination, and shortness of breath.
Kidney disease is also more common in those seniors with obesity, hypertension, diabetes, or a history of heart attacks or strokes. Family caregivers with aging relatives who have been diagnosed with kidney disease need to start planning for ways their loved ones can get all the help they need if they are going to continue living at home.
Kidney Disease in Seniors is Serious.
With age, the organs don’t operate as efficiently as they once did. The kidneys decline into a state where they don’t filter out the body’s waste products, which can cause considerable health problems. The symptoms of kidney disease vary greatly, and include high blood pressure, fatigue, swelling, and a drastic increase or decrease in urination. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, insomnia, muscle cramps, swelling of the ankles, itching, and chest pain.
Of course, depending on the combination of symptoms that present, it can be difficult for aging adults to live independently as they battle kidney disease. Unfortunately, there is no cure for kidney disease, but between medication and lifestyle changes, plus dialysis for advanced cases, seniors can control the symptoms and reduce complications for many years. To facilitate effective treatment and help seniors live a high-quality life, many families look at hiring senior care providers.
Senior Care Providers Assist Aging Adults with Kidney Disease.
When an elderly adult is living with kidney disease, it will be hard for them to remain independent, doing all the tasks they must to stay safe, healthy, and happy. With a senior care provider involved, aging adults can conserve their energy and focus on the activities and tasks that they can accomplish without stressing themselves out or risking their health.
Aging adults can rely on senior care providers for help with housekeeping, laundry, and meal preparations. Senior care providers can also help with self-care and personal care duties, such as showering, dressing, and grooming. Family caregivers can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their elderly loved one is in the care of a professional.
As elderly adults with kidney disease adjust to the new normal of their lives, it’s a good idea to hire a senior care provider to be with them at the times of the day they need the most help in maintaining their health and safety.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Modesto, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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