How you manage minor issues for your elderly family member can directly affect whether they become larger issues or heal quickly. This is especially true if she’s in the later stages of dementia because you may not be able to rely on her to communicate to you that there is a problem.
Keep up with Dental and Mouth Care
It’s really easy unfortunately for even the smallest of sores or injuries in your aging family member’s mouth to turn into an infection. If you’re already keeping up with daily dental care, these are a little easier to avoid. Schedule regular appointments with your elderly family member’s dentist, especially if she’s not excited about having your help to brush and manage her dental care.
Cuts and Scrapes Can Become Big Issues
The smallest cuts and scrapes can become massive problems for your elderly family member later if they’re left to themselves. Do regular inspections of your aging family member’s skin so that you can keep up with what is going on. Keep a First Aid kit handy and make sure that it’s stocked with bandages and antibiotic ointment to treat small injuries quickly.
Pay Attention to Cold and Flu Season
Cold and flu season might not be a big deal for most people, but for your aging adult it can be dangerous. A weakened immune system can leave her vulnerable to colds and to the flu, which can lead to even bigger problems. Pneumonia is a huge concern, especially if your elderly family member’s lungs are weakened. Talk to her doctor about vaccines and other ways to avoid getting sick during this time.
Talk to Her Doctor about Individual Considerations
Your elderly family member may have other health considerations that become far more complicated when she’s also dealing with dementia. Formulating a plan with her doctor can help you to prepare for situations before they become a threat to your senior’s future health.
Make sure that you have extra help available, especially if your elderly family member is prone to infections of all sorts. Let elder care providers and other family members know what to watch for so they can help you spot issues early.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Toms River, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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