Wednesday, May 15, 2019
With three out of four Americans over 65 years of age living with one or more chronic medical conditions, you may find yourself responsible for obtaining elderly care for a loved one. When is it time to help with the management of a loved one’s illness? How do you know when it’s time to step in or step up to help?
And if you are an older adult suffering from chronic conditions yourself, when is it time to ask for elderly care assistance?
The most common chronic health conditions are heart-related diseases, which can include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chest pain, and stroke. Following closely behind is arthritis and diabetes. In the early stages, people remain independent without assistance or additional elderly care.
Disease progression eventually creates further complications. People with multiple conditions may require medical care by different doctors or specialists and need to manage a number of prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs, as well. Additionally, there may be dietary restrictions and treatment regimens to follow.
You’ll usually know that you or your loved one needs elderly care assistance if:
- A medical crisis occurs creating an immediate need after hospitalization.
- There are memory issues creating the need for medication management.
- The patient is losing weight or showing signs of malnourishment.
- Medical instructions continually get lost or the instructions aren’t understood very well.
- Medical records and medications are not being coordinated or managed and bills aren’t getting paid.
So what can you do when you see these signs? Whether it is you, or a loved one, try to accept that multiple medical conditions can require additional assistance, even if just temporarily.
If you are helping a loved one, offer to become part of his or her care team while at the same time, respecting their abilities and strengths. Aside from medical care, help to create goals that include self-care and continued social activities. Keep an eye out for depression as lost independence can be a difficult adjustment.
Call Concierge Care today at 888-205-9940 to talk about elderly care that allows the patient to remain at home. Often, assistance with meal preparation, chores, light housekeeping, or transportation to medical appointments makes living with multiple medical conditions much easier and improves quality of life. At Concierge Care, we offer professional elder care that is supportive and caring.