It is simple to identify acute pain or disease; symptoms develop suddenly with little or no warning and worsen rapidly. For seniors, this is not only frightening but can also be very dangerous, especially if they live alone and tend not to want to “bother” anyone with their personal concerns. Chronic pain or disease occurs when your mother or father has been diagnosed with and is already being treated for something that is ongoing and may degrade quality of life slowly. Diseases such as diabetes, Fibromyalgia, or arthritis are considered chronic diseases. These illnesses must be maintained and can flare up due to medication, diet, or exertion, or even an unknown cause that may require 24 hour home care.
Studies show 24 hour home care is like having a companion for mom or dad on hand whenever they need someone. This can be extremely helpful for seniors suffering from both acute and chronic diseases. A companion may cover many roles as your parent ages, understands your mother or father’s needs and can communicate important information and changes with the family. 24 hour home care can act as the extended family member who provides your mom or dad with the ability to stay independent and maintain their wellness with their assistance as long as they are able.
Without 24 hour home care, many seniors struggle to manage their symptoms and may begin to experience anxiety and depression. Unmanaged chronic and acute pain put a heavy burden on the senior citizen. It can put a bigger burden on the caregivers to improve the quality of care. The best way to improve the care is to communicate and share the burdens and turn them into positive outcomes.