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