Approximately one million people throughout the United States suffer a shingles infection each year. This condition stems from the same virus that causes chickenpox, which means if your aging parent has suffered chickenpox at some point in their life, they already have this virus inside them. Shingles can result in serious complications, including damage to the eyes if the outbreak is on the face, and a lingering condition known as postherpetic neuralgia, which can result in severe pain that lasts for weeks, months, or even years after your senior’s initial bout of shingles is over. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize the severity of this condition, and take the steps you can to protect your parents from shingles.
Some ways you can protect your aging parent from shingles include:
- Talk to their doctor about vaccinations. The single most effective means of reducing the risk for your senior to develop shingles is vaccination. This is not appropriate for all seniors, however, and it is very important to first talk to your senior’s doctor to determine if vaccination is appropriate for your senior, and how to utilize them as an element of their overall care
- Prevent chickenpox. If your senior has not suffered chickenpox, preventing this disease is the first step in preventing shingles. Talk to their doctor about how to reduce this risk and guard your parent from chickenpox.
- Eat a healthy diet. Getting the right nutrition supports your parent’s immune system, which can help to reduce the risk of the shingles virus surfacing.
- Practice good germ control. Any infection or illness your parent experiences further reduces their immune system. Use an effective germ control approach to reduce the risk of these illnesses and infections to reduce the chances of shingles surfacing.
Taking care of your parent’s health should be one of your most important priorities, and starting elderly care for them can be a fantastic way to pursue that. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent to give them the care and assistance they need to manage their health issues, reduce their risk for illness and infection, and support a healthier, stronger lifestyle as they age in place. This means both helping them to handle the health issues and conditions they are dealing with now through medication reminders and compliance, as well as taking the steps to reduce the chances they will experience further illnesses and infection. As a family caregiver, this can help you to feel more confident your parent can avoid illness and infection, or manage those they contract in the best ways.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Turlock, 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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