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Tips for Helping Your Senior Cope with Colitis

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

Ulcerative colitis is a life-changing form of inflammatory bowel disease that can lead to a variety of symptoms that can not only threaten your parent's health, but also diminish their quality of life and well-being. As a family caregiver, it is important to take steps to help your senior cope with colitis in a way that will encourage the best quality of life and highest level of health as they age in place.

Use these tips to help your senior cope with colitis effectively:

  • Encourage exercise. When your parent is dealing with a flare-up, they are likely to feel tired and may have digestive symptoms that are not conducive to intense physical activity. It is important, however that you encourage your parent to stay as active as possible, even if it is something gentle such as walking or yoga. This will help to manage symptoms and keep your parent's body as healthy as possible
  • Support a sleep schedule. Getting plenty of rest is a critical part of ensuring that your parent's body has a chance to heal. Sleeping enough will help your parent cope with fatigue, ease digestive symptoms, and help your parent to maintain better mental and emotional health as well. Help your parent establish a beneficial sleep schedule and maintain it. Going to bed and getting up at the same time each day is important to supporting deeper, more restorative sleep.
  • Encourage them to be honest about it. This type of condition can be difficult to talk about, but that can make it harder for your parent to cope with it. Encourage them to be honest with family, friends, and their doctor about what they go through so that they can have a support system to help them cope with their symptoms and understand when their symptoms have impacted their daily life or obligations.
  • Help them pack a "supply kit". Having supplies with them when they are out of the home can help your parent feel more confident and motivate them to go out and enjoy a more active lifestyle more often. This kit can include anything that might reassure your parent, such as extra clothing, toilet paper, wipes, air freshener, or other items. Keep this in the vehicle with you or in a day bag when involved in an activity.
  • Support compliance. If your aging parent has been prescribed medications for their condition, encourage them to remain compliant by taking their medications when and how the doctor prescribed. This ensures that they get the most benefit possible from the treatment.

Starting elderly care can be a fantastic choice for your aging parent and for you as their family caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parents on a fully customized schedule to ensure they always have access to the care that they need to manage their individual challenges and 

limitations in the way that is right for them. Through a set of highly personalized services, this elderly care provider can help your parent stay healthy, safe, and comfortable, and maintain a lifestyle that is as independent and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. As a family caregiver it can be extremely reassuring to know that your parent has all of the care that they need both when you are with them and when you are not. This eases your stress and allows you to focus your time, energy, and efforts in the ways that are most meaningful and efficient. Having this care can be especially beneficial if you are in the sandwich generation caring for both your parent and your children, or if you live at a distance and are not able to be with your parent as often as you would like to be.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care in Sandy Springs, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.