Spring is finally here and that means longer days, sunshine, flowers, and more opportunities to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. For many people, however, it also means allergies. Allergy symptoms can be miserable, often mimicking a cold, and can last for weeks or even months.
As a family caregiver, it is important to realize that allergies can develop at any point in life. That means that even if you are senior has never experienced seasonal allergies before, they could be experiencing them now. If they have been showing symptoms that you think might be a cold, take some time to evaluate whether they could be allergies so that you can ensure they get the care and management that they need to cope with these symptoms and still be able to enjoy the spring season.
Some signs that your aging parent might be suffering from spring allergies include:
- As opposed to a cold which creates the symptoms that impact the entire body, allergies predominantly impact the eyes, nose, and throat
- Allergies do not cause a fever, so if your aging parent is suffering from a fever, they likely have a cold as opposed to allergies
- Itching in the eyes and throat is a common symptom of seasonal allergies and generally does not occur in other issues such as a cold
- Allergy symptoms tend to begin slowly and last for a long stretch of time, generally an entire season when the allergen is flourishing, such as when pollen is high
- Body aches are not associated with allergies, but if your parent sneezes or coughs excessively, they may feel sore. Is important to talk to their doctor about any aching or soreness that they might feel so that you can identify the cause accurately
If your aging parent has been suffering from increased challenges and needs, your own schedule or abilities have changed and you are no longer able to give them the level of care at that you feel they need and deserve, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the ideal time for you to start home care for them. The highly personalized services of an in-home senior care services provider are designed to specifically address your aging parents challenges and needs while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence as possible and to live a lifestyle that is active, engaged, and fulfilling.
These services can include transportation, companionship, meal preparation, assistance with personal care needs such as toileting and bathing, help with housekeeping tasks around the home, medication reminders to help them remain compliant, and more. As their family caregiver, that can help you feel more confident and secure that your loved one will have everything that they need to live their highest quality of life throughout their later years.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Clarendon Hills, IL, please contact the caring staff at Suburban Home Care today. Call (630) 964-9000 or (708) 442-2200.