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Senior Care for the Patient with Kidney Failure

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Senior Care Buford GA

Renal failure affects approximately 500,000 people over the age of 60 in this country every year. Kidney failure will claim the lives of 90,000 people each year in this country, and that means it’s an important aspect of senior care that should be addressed.

Kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste materials from the body. They are also responsible for balancing electrolyte levels, helping to promote the production of red blood cells (which carry oxygen throughout the body), and controlling blood pressure. When kidneys begin to fail, the body can’t remove toxins and it slowly becomes poisoned.

People who experience kidney failure will require dialysis and/or a transplant, depending on their age and other health conditions. People with diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are generally at an increased risk of developing kidney problems, including kidney failure, but that doesn’t mean that anyone with those symptoms or health conditions will develop kidney failure.

What can senior health care services do to help the patient dealing with kidney failure?

There are many things that each patient can do to help alleviate some of their symptoms, but once the kidneys have failed, or reached a point when they will no longer be able to cleanse the body properly, dialysis on a regular basis will be necessary. This is a process whereby the patient would have to be connected to a machine where their blood will be passed through the machine and cleaned manually.

This can take several hours at a time and it may be required a couple of times a week.

Eating the right foods, drinking more water, and avoid sugars and fatty foods, or other foods that contain toxins to the body is one way that senior health care services can help. They can also provide support by showing the elderly individual what to do in order to care for themselves properly.

Senior care may also be able to provide the right level of physical support by taking the patient to and from his or her dialysis appointments, if that is required. They would also be able to provide emotional support as needed.

If you have a loved one who is dealing with kidney failure, contact a senior home care agency in the area to find out just what they have available as a means to help them live a comfortable life and to improve their overall health.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in the home, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Buford, GA. Call today (678) 430-8511