Growing older means becoming more aware of your body and the increasing struggles it faces. Seniors have to deal with serious, chronic ailments that require a complex care plan. The following are four health issues that often require extra care and attention.
Bedsores are health conditions that pertain especially to immobile seniors and bedridden patients. A patient monitoring system is encouraged to prevent bedsores for bedridden seniors in hospitals, private homes, or nursing homes. Monitor and turn over a senior every few hours to prevent the skin from developing ulcers.
Use wound care products to treat stage one ulcers and prevent the condition from worsening. There are specially made cushions and mattresses that you can use to relieve pressure on the body. Most importantly, promote optimal skincare to keep your skin dry and clean at all times.
Treating arthritis includes pills, injections, or surgery. There are several devices that you should use regularly to treat daily pain and discomfort. Compression gloves are flexible, comfortable and contain pressure points to target the stiffest areas. Arthritis devices for the hands and joints are worn throughout the day to help relieve pain while you perform everyday tasks.
3. Mobility Conditions
Mobility issues make it difficult or impossible to move on one’s own. A few known conditions are paralysis, amputations, and arthritis. Bed rails are recommended for seniors with mobility issues at a care home or private home. If your loved one stays in a care home, medical professionals will be able to offer a variety of mobility options to keep them safe and comfortable as they traverse the facility. The devices increase the safety of getting in and out of bed and sleeping at night without the risks of falls. However, using faulty rails can be more dangerous than using none at all. Review the safety ratings and have them installed correctly to prevent accidents.
4. Chronic Fatigue
Seniors who are inactive are more likely to suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. The first step is to discover and treat the underlying health condition that is causing the fatigue. Exercising regularly is the most effective treatment to combat fatigue. Seniors are encouraged to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. They should have access to exercise equipment in a gym or a nearby walkway to take long walks. They’re also encouraged to consume nutritious foods and sleep well during the night.
Seniors face chronic health conditions that require ongoing treatments. A senior can be hit with two or more problems at the same time that require special care. If you cannot handle one, follow certain steps to prevent any condition from negatively affecting you.