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Do You Really Understand Your Parent's Health Condition?

By Vicki and Brian Day

Home Care in Bangor PA

Throughout your care journey with your elderly parent you are likely to work with a care network that includes medical professionals including your parent's primary care physician, therapists, and specialists each tasked with managing a specific aspect of your parent's care. While these professionals will be the ones keeping up with your parent's health and creating the courses of treatment and management necessary for giving them the healthiest lifestyle possible, as their family caregiver it is important that you also know as much about their health conditions as possible so that you can offer them the level of care that they need and deserve.

Keep these things in mind when evaluating whether you really understand your parent's health condition:

  • What is it called? It is important that you know exactly what the condition is rather than a vague, general idea of it. For example, there are many different types of cancer, heart conditions, digestive problems, vision problems, and infections. Just using these generic terms is not enough for you to really have an understanding of what they are going through.
  • What symptoms apply? When you know that your loved one is dealing with a medical condition it is easy to assume that every symptom that they have is somehow related to that condition. It is vital that you know what symptoms are actually related so that you can identify those that are not, enabling you to respond to these different symptoms appropriately.
  • What are their treatments? Knowing the specifics about your parent's treatments helps ensure that they make the most out of these treatments and utilize them properly. This includes knowing exactly what the treatments are so that you can tell any other doctors or therapists about them to prevent possible interactions with other treatments, as well as knowing the proper dosage and how your parent should take them so that you can offer appropriate reminders as necessary.
  • What could happen? In order to give your parent the best care that you can you need to think beyond just what you hope will happen to what could happen. If you only think about what the treatments are supposed to do, you might miss the side effects that they could cause and how they could impact your parent's health. If you only think about healing and recovery, you might not be aware of the potential complications that could arise and how to handle them. Knowing these things and what you should do to handle them is crucial to cooperating with your parent's medical team to ensure they get the best care at all times.

If your parent is coping with a health condition that requires more care than you think that you can offer them, or you simply feel that they would benefit from a wider variety of care, now may be the time for you to consider home care. An in home senior care services provider can help your parent manage their health concerns and conditions through a personalized approach to care and assistance tailored to their specific needs. This care approach includes helping them to deal with their challenges and limitations, offering medication and treatment reminders as necessary, and supporting greater activity and engagement with the world around them. This helps to promote a healthier, safer, happier, and more fulfilling lifestyle while also encouraging greater independence and autonomy as they age in place.