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The Long-Term Impact of Asthma for Elderly Veterans at Home

Care for Aging Veterans in Wellesley MA

Care for Aging Veterans in Wellesley MAMay is Asthma Awareness Month and whether it’s an elderly veteran or other senior who has been dealing with asthma for the better part of their life, it’s important to get the right type of care at home, especially as they begin to deal with an increasing level of physical challenges and limitations.

Asthma can make it difficult for the elderly individual to breathe during an attack. An inhaler and other medications may be necessary to help alleviate inflammation in the lungs that make it difficult to breathe.

There are certain things people can do to help minimize the risk of an asthma attack. For aging veterans and other seniors who may have only recently begun developing this very serious health condition, being surrounded by somebody with a great deal of experience supporting other seniors can be beneficial in many different ways.

Experienced home care aides provide comfort.

Whether the elderly veteran lives alone or not, an experienced caregiver can offer the aging veteran some comfort, especially during an asthma attack. For example, if the senior begins to realize that he is having difficulty breathing due to an oncoming attack, it can lead to some panic. That can lead to poor decision-making.

It can also make it difficult for the elderly veteran to settle down and relax, especially in the evening before it’s time to go to sleep.

Experienced home care aides may help develop good strategies.

Having a clean home environment may reduce the risk of certain types of asthma. If the aging veteran is physically unable to keep up with the cleanliness in his home, that can increase the risk of an asthma attack due to certain dust, allergens, pollen, and other pollutants.

Many home care aides who work for agencies will be able to assist with light housekeeping, including some dusting. They will usually do these things as a support system for the senior, so they should not be confused with a basic housekeeper or cleaning service.

Many of these caregivers will also have other strategies that can be implemented to improve quality of life for the elderly veteran at home. Some of these strategies can include staying active, getting outside when pollen levels are low or the risk of certain asthma related conditions are minimized.

They may also be able to offer companionship to the senior who spends most of his day at home alone.

Dealing with asthma at any age can be stressful. For seniors, it can be exacerbated by a number of other health issues. Trying to deal with the situation alone can make things even worse. That’s why it’s a good idea for aging veterans to consider the prospect of home care services when dealing with asthma or other serious health issues.

If you or an aging loved one are considering care for aging veterans in Wellesley, MA, or anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts, please call the caring staff at CARE Resolutions – (508) 906-5572.

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Erica Tomasello

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.