Elder Care in Peoria AZ
Injury is never something that you want to face with your aging parent, but as a family caregiver it is likely that this will be something that you will encounter at some point in your care journey with them. Minor issues such as skin irritation, cuts, scrapes, burns, and other problems are common, but they can quickly develop into something more serious if not handled properly. It is important to keep in mind that older adults have lower immune systems that younger people. This means that your aging loved one’s body has a more difficult time resisting infection and a greater challenge fighting it off if an infection does occur.
Use these tips to properly care for skin irritation and injury to help prevent infection:
• Care for issues promptly. The longer that an area of skin irritation or an injury goes untreated, the longer that it is exposed to possible bacteria that can cause an infection. Make sure that you check their skin regularly and that you are attentive to any complaints of irritation or injury so that you are able to address them promptly and effectively. Remember that even a seemingly minor injury can make your parent vulnerable to infection so it should be attended to.
• Wash the area. The first step in preventing infection is to clean the wound and the area around it thoroughly. Run the injury under running water to remove any dirt, particles, or other contaminants from the injury itself and the skin around it. Avoid using substances such as soap, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide as these can actually irritate the wound and make the injury more uncomfortable and vulnerable. Instead, simply wash it until it is clean and then proceed to dressing it.
• Dress the wound. Put an antibiotic cream or gel on the wound and the area around it to keep germs at bay, and then cover lightly with a bandage or gauze and tape. Do not cover too tightly as you want air to be able to circulate to keep the skin healthy.
• Monitor it. Keep an eye on your parent’s injury or irritation to detect any possible signs of infection. Keep as much pressure off of the wound as possible and take steps to keep it dry and clean. If the condition of the skin worsens in any way, get in touch with their doctor so that they can help you to determine if your parent needs additional treatment or care.
Starting elder care for your aging parent can be a fantastic way to help them achieve and maintain better health and well-being as they age in place. This elderly home care services provider can be with your senior to evaluate their specific needs, challenges, and limitations, and provide a personalized approach to their care tailored to their individuality, personality, and care goals. When it comes to helping them to prevent infections that can have a serious negative impact on their health and well-being, this care provider can help your parent to avoid injuries while also being there to help them maintain good hygiene, support effective first aid, and manage basic injuries in a way that keeps them healthy. They can also monitor your parent’s injuries and health to detect signs of potential injury so that you can make the right decisions regarding their continued care.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Peoria, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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