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When Should a Senior with the Flu See the Doctor?

Having the flu can be an unpleasant and even miserable experience for your aging parent, but it is usually over in less than two weeks. An initial visit to the doctor for diagnosis and starting on a course of treatment and management gets your parent on the road to recovery, and throughout the rest of the illness, management is about the care they receive in their home. There are times, however, when their sickness might increase, and they could need to return to the doctor for further attention. As a family caregiver it is important for you to know when this might be happening so you can get them the attention they need promptly, and help them make the most of their recovery.

Senior Care in Lodi CA: When Should a Senior with the Flu See the Doctor?

Senior Care in Lodi CA: When Should a Senior with the Flu See the Doctor?

Some signs your parent needs to see the doctor when suffering the flu include:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Shortness of breath, especially if it’s coming when your parent is not exercising or moving around excessively.
  • Pain in the chest.
  • Pressure in the chest.
  • Pain in the abdomen.
  • Pressure in the abdomen.
  • Sudden dizziness.
  • Confusion or disorientation.
  • Persistent vomiting.
  • Severe vomiting that prevents your parent from keeping down fluids.
  • Symptoms that get better, but then come back with worse coughing and a fever.

 

It is important to never let your parent’s symptoms be ignored or minimized. Flu can quickly worsen to something even more severe, and it is critical your parent gets the attention they need to reduce the risk of complications and serious consequences. If you feel your parent is not getting better, is getting worse, or is showing different symptoms, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor.

The care you give an elderly adult suffering the flu is instrumental to how they handle this sickness. Integrating senior care into their routine can make a major difference in how your senior manages this recovery, and in your ability to cope with their needs and the pressures of the rest of your schedule. A senior home care services provider can be with your parent as much as needed to support them through their recovery, fulfill their needs, and help them as they regain their strength and move forward in a healthier way. This can include meal and snack preparation, encouraging them to drink enough fluids, help with tasks around the house to help them conserve energy, and gradual return to their active, healthy lifestyle.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Lodi, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

 

Source

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE