Approximately 900,000 people throughout the United States suffer from pneumonia each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 5 and 7 percent of these people will die from the infection. Unfortunately, elderly adults tend to be the most at risk, along with young children.
As a family caregiver it is important that you are able to detect when your aging parent might be suffering from this infection so that you are able to ensure that they get the level of care that they need to recover and to avoid the most serious complications and consequences.
An important part of this is knowing the potential signs and symptoms of the condition.
Some of the signs and symptoms of pneumonia include:
- Chest pain when coughing or breathing
- Coughing, which might produce thick phlegm
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Shaking chills
- Lower body temperature
If your parent experiences any of those symptoms, particularly if they are not getting better after a couple of days or are showing signs of dehydration or compromised mental condition, it is important to get them to the doctor as quickly as possible.
It is especially important to go see the doctor if your parent experiences any of the following issues:
- Underlying health issues that might be complicated by pneumonia
- Weakened immune system
- Heart failure
- Chronic lung problems
If you have been considering ways that you can improve your parent’s quality of life, boost their health and well-being, and support a more fulfilling and active lifestyle as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. An elderly home care services provider can create a personalized set of services specifically designed around your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations that helps them to meet these needs in the way that is right for them.
This can help your parent to stay healthy, happy, comfortable, and safe, while pursuing greater independence, fulfillment, and activity throughout their later years. When it comes to helping your parent stay healthier, particularly during cold and flu season, this care provider can also help with issues such as encouraging germ control such as handwashing, helping with keeping the home clean, and supporting compliance with doctor guidelines such as meal preparation and medication reminders.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Elderly Care Services in Manhasset NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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