Pneumonia can be very serious illness for anyone who contracts it, but particularly for seniors who tend to have suppressed immune systems and more difficulty fighting off infections that they do contract, and can have truly devastating consequences. Younger people who contract pneumonia may only need minor medical attention to help them overcome the infection. Seniors, however, often need extended times of hospitalization followed by longer periods of home care in order for their bodies to fully heal and regain their strength. Generally during the time of hospitalization, seniors will receive intravenous fluids and antibiotics accompanied by total rest. After the release from the hospital, family caregivers should be aware that the senior is likely still ill, exceptionally susceptible to a relapse of serious symptoms, or the development of other serious infections.
Safely transitioning from the hospital environment to home care for seniors after suffering pneumonia is essential to giving that senior the best opportunity to experience a full recovery. This means that you must either dedicate yourself to being the family caregiver for your aging loved one, or hire a home care services companion they can be with the senior at all times. Such a care provider is essential to this time of recovery because she can help your aging loved one get the rest that he needs in order to heal by taking care of basic household obligations such as doing dishes, washing laundry and running errands.
A home care services companion also offers a distinct benefit of offering medication and treatment reminders so that your aging loved one remains compliant with these guidelines. As with any other type of infection, staying consistent with treatment methods is critical for recovery from pneumonia. A home care services companion can help your aging loved one remember his medication in the correct dosages and on the correct schedule. Those who will to watch his symptoms and rate of recovery so that any concerning developments can be brought to the attention of the appropriate medical team.
Recovery from pneumonia can be an incredibly lengthy and complicated process for seniors. It is important that you support your loved one through this process and do what you can to make the transition from the constant care of the hospital environment to the independence of the home easy, smooth, and safe. This starts with understanding the treatment guidelines presented to your loved one so that you are able to encourage compliance, then providing care and assistance as your loved one needs it until he is fully recovered.
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