My elderly mom developed a sneaky habit a few years ago. Whenever we tried to put some fluids in front of her, she would think of something else urgent she had to do in another part of the house. We didn't think much of it until she started to complain about not being herself. Headaches, nausea, confusion: these were some of her symptoms. It turned out she was experiencing severe dehydration and had acquired a Urinary Tract Infection. A couple of weeks of antibiotics, and constant reminding from us and her caregivers about drinking enough fluids, and she was fine.
Flu / Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that results in thousands of hospitalizations and even worse are the deaths that can result from this illness every year. The flu is highly contagious and very easily passed from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or from contact with an infected
person’s oral/nasal fluids.
Sarah’s mom was getting really cranky lately. She would go back and forth from being argumentative to being depressed, fatigued, and anxious. She would lash out at Sarah one minute, and in the next minute breakdown crying and asking for help. “I just don’t know what’s wrong with me, I can’t handle things anymore, I just can’t think straight.”
Her caregiver had taken mom had been to the doctor a few weeks before and been checked out for a UTI, but the test came back negative. But another test done after all other obvious symptoms were ruled out confirmed that all these symptoms were indeed caused by a Urinary Tract Infection.
Have you ever been to a hospital, perhaps as a patient or a family member, and felt overwhelmed, or lost in the vast complexities of the healthcare system? Anyone who first visits a hospital feels this way. Where is my doctor, nurse, or case manager? What are they doing? What’s going to happen? When are we getting out of here? Who’s in charge? Are they ignoring us? Do they even know we’re here?
Recently while I was working with one of our new clients, I noticed that the family was getting quite confused. Max was just coming home from a major surgery and had Home Health ordered by his
surgeon. It was explained that they would handle all the wound care, medication management, and also check his vitals a few times a week. The case manager also mentioned that Physical Therapy would be coming by twice a week as well.
This is Part 1 in a Series on Preparing to Care for Family's Medical Needs
It’s one of those phone calls you hate to get: near midnight, in the middle of the work week, the hospital called to tell a dear friend, his dad had been admitted for heart problems. They said he was in the ICU with a possible heart attack and things didn’t look good….
7 Signs of Tuberculosis: Why it Matters in Senior Home Care
According to the World Health Organization, Tuberculosis has become a “Global Emergency.” Seniors are particularly vulnerable to this epidemic, which is why in California, the newly formed Home Care Services Bureau requires all Home Care Aides to be registered and tested for TB.
7 Signs of Type 2 Diabetes
About 30 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes, or about 9% of the population.
Type 2 diabetes is a result from your body not being able to use the human hormone insulin correctly in your daily life. Insulin is needed for the utilization of glucose (sugar) by your body’s cells via one’s blood. Once in your cells that glucose is used for energy. When you don’t have enough insulin glucose accumulates in the blood instead of being used by the cells. Often type 2 diabetes symptoms are unrecognized or attributed to other causes.
Here are the seven most common signs that may indicate that you have or are suffering from type 2 diabetes.
As a nurse and a daughter, I strive to give my mom the right kind of nutrition she needs. But recently I noticed my mom wasn’t finishing her meals. In fact, there were times when the caregiver or I would put a meal in front of her and she wouldn’t even touch it. She would make silly excuses, leave the table, and putter off, busying herself with some irrelevant task. When I’d ask her about it, she’d say she just wasn’t hungry, and that food just didn’t appeal to her anymore. Elderly Nutrition can be quite a challenge. Just figuring out why they are not eating right, and then trying to adjust to their changing needs can be quite a challenge.