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What You Should Know About Sepsis Awareness Month

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

There are many tools and skills that you will use in your caregiver journey with your elderly parent, but one of the most important is awareness. Educating yourself about the risks that your aging parent might face and the challenges that they could encounter during their later years is an important step in preparing yourself to identify issues that your senior might be facing and to create a care routine that will allow you to help your senior manage these problems if they arise.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about this potentially devastating condition and what you can do to help protect your parent from the severe consequences that can occur as a result of it.

Some things that you should know about Sepsis Awareness Month include:

• Sepsis itself is not actually an infection, but rather, a response to infection in which the body’s chemical response causes inflammation throughout the body
• There is no diagnostic test to confirm the presence of sepsis, but rather it is diagnosed using clinical judgement
• Approximately 6 percent of all deaths are considered “sepsis-related”. That is, sepsis is listed as the cause or one of the causes of death
• In around 22 percent of incidents of sepsis-related deaths, sepsis is listed as the underlying cause of the death
• Someone in the United States dies from sepsis approximately every 2 minutes
• The rate of death from sepsis each year is more than that of AIDS, breast cancer, and prostate cancer combined

Fortunately, sepsis is a treatable condition. Early detection of the signs and symptoms of sepsis increase the chances that the person will be treated successfully, and will be able to get through this dangerous condition in the best way possible. You can be instrumental in not only helping your parent avoid this type of condition, but also to get the treatment and attention they need should they develop it.

If you have found that your parent’s needs have increased to the point that you no longer feel as though you can handle them properly, or your own limitations or schedule have changed so that you do not feel that you are capable of offering the level of care that your parent needs and deserves, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting care for them. A home care provider can fill any care gaps that might exist in your routine with your senior so that they can get everything that they need to stay happy, healthy, comfortable, and safe as they age in place. This is especially reassuring if you are a distance caregiver, helping you to know that even if you are not able to be there with your parent, they are still getting their individual needs and challenges met on a daily basis. The highly personalized nature of this care means that the care provider can help your senior pursue a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, independent, and fulfilling as possible throughout their later years.

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