Elderly Adults and Bed Rest: Hidden Health Risks

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When your aging parent becomes bedridden, through illness or injury, it requires a lot of attention and effort to take care of them. While involuntary confinement to bed may seem like a restful and relaxing option, the truth is that prolonged time in bed can actually cause some additional health risks. Sometimes these health problems can even create more complications for elderly adults. The hidden health risks of being bedridden can be greatly reduced when you get some help from a senior care aide.

Senior Care in Spring Branch TX: Bed Rest Health Risks

Senior Care in Spring Branch TX: Bed Rest Health Risks

Proper Care Reduces Health Hazards of Bed Rest.

You know that elderly adults are more vulnerable to a range of health complications, and bed rest is no different. Because the body is lying down for hours and days at a time, it doesn’t respond well to certain aspects of this inactivity. Proper care can definitely reduce the risks of developing infections and other problems that are caused by bed rest.

Here are just a few of the conditions that elderly adults can face when they are bedridden and not getting the care they need.

  • Pressure sores.
  • Respiratory illness.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Constipation.
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Contractures.
  • Bone and muscle weakness.
  • Depression or anxiety.
  • Blood clots.
  • Increase in fatigue.
  • Malnutrition and dehydration.
  • Increased blood sugar levels.
  • Insomnia.

 

Many of these detrimental health effects can be greatly minimized with the help of a senior care aide. They can help the elderly adult by engaging in mild activity, regular toilet visits, and repositioning their bodies in bed. The senior care assistant can make sure they are clean, dry, and entertained. For many family caregivers there are too many other responsibilities taking up their time, from jobs and kids to spouses and household duties. Although they try their best, they may not be able to devote the time and attention to their bedridden relative that they need. Hiring a senior care assistant can make up the difference.

How Senior Care Assistants Can Help.

Senior care assistants can help bedridden seniors with getting on a schedule that is filled with regular activity, regular toilet breaks, and even help them with doing some stretches and exercises while lying down. Of course, everything should be approved and outlined by the elderly adult’s doctors, therapists, and other health professionals.

There are all kinds of challenges that can arise when an elderly adult becomes bedridden. Sometimes the condition is temporary and in some cases it can be permanent. The family caregiver is most likely not going to be able to do everything that their relative needs to stay healthy and content. That’s why it’s a good idea for any family caregiver to contact a senior care agency. The support and assistance that a home care aide can provide will supplement the care that family members can give. The result is an elderly loved one that is getting all the attention they need and deserve while they are bedridden.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Spring Branch, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.

 

Source:

http://www.health24.com/Medical/Sleep/treating-sleep-problems/Effects-of-prolonged-bed-rest-20131025

Sid Gerber

Founding Partner, Owner at Personal Caregiving Services
Sid Gerber is a founding partner of S. Gerber & Associates, a firm representing over 22 years of experience specializing in a broad range of long term care products and services including but not limited to care assessment, planning and management, care co-ordination, in-home caregiving services, quality assurance monitoring, and the securing of financial independence and asset protection utilizing insurance products from major carriers to pay for long-term care. Mr. Gerber helps family members make difficult long-term care decisions and provides them with the necessary education and resources to plan and manage their long-term health care and financial needs.

In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).

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Sid Gerber is a founding partner of S. Gerber & Associates, a firm representing over 22 years of experience specializing in a broad range of long term care products and services including but not limited to care assessment, planning and management, care co-ordination, in-home caregiving services, quality assurance monitoring, and the securing of financial independence and asset protection utilizing insurance products from major carriers to pay for long-term care. Mr. Gerber helps family members make difficult long-term care decisions and provides them with the necessary education and resources to plan and manage their long-term health care and financial needs. In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston. In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA). Sid Gerber is a Google Verified Author