As a family caregiver, one of your biggest priorities is keeping your aging parent safe and healthy. This means understanding how you can prevent serious health challenges and conditions such as COPD. While there is no way to be completely sure that your parent will not develop a particular condition, every effort that you make to prevent the condition can reduce the risks that your senior face, and guard their health, well-being, and quality of life as they age in place.
Some ways that you can help your parent to prevent COPD as they age include:
Discourage them from smoking. The majority of people who develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are smokers or were smokers.
- If your parent does smoke, encourage the to quit. No matter how long they have smoked or how much, every day that they do not smoke reduces their risk of a wide variety of health concerns and complications.
- Help your parent avoid air pollution both outside and inside their home. Utilize air filter and purifiers inside their home and pay close attention to the air health ratings so that you can avoid going out of the home during risky times.
- Encourage your parent to avoid other air pollutants such as fumes, chemical residue, and dust, all of which can irritate the lungs and increase the risk of COPD or the complications that can arise as a result of the disease.
If your aging parent is in need of additional care and assistance, or you feel that they would benefit from more support and companionship for a more active lifestyle, starting elderly care for them might be exactly what you are looking for. An elderly home care services provider can be there for your parent on a fully customized schedule to not only ensure that they are getting the care, assistance, and support that they need, but also to encourage a more active, engaged, and independent lifestyle as they age in place. A set of highly personalized services will be tailored specifically to their needs, challenges, and limitations so that your parent can address these in the way that is right for them. As a family caregiver it can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your parent is in good hands and getting everything that they need both when you are with them and when you are not. This can ease your stress and help you to focus your energy, attention, and resources in the most effective and efficient ways.
When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider caregivers provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.