Dealing with asthma can be extremely stressful both for you and for your elderly family member. Understanding triggers, knowing what to do during an attack, and having an overall plan is vital.
Learn as Much as You Can about Asthma.
You might feel as if you have a handle on what asthma is and how it affects your elderly family member, but there may be some information you don’t have. Those little bits of information that you don’t know can make a big difference in your senior’s care. That’s why it’s so important to learn as much as you can and keep learning. Join some asthma support groups and talk to people who are also helping people they love manage asthma.
Talk to Her Doctor.
As you’re gathering information, don’t overlook your senior’s doctor as one of the most vital sources of information. Her doctor can help you to take all that general information and apply it to your senior’s very specific situation. You’ll be able to start piecing together the best solutions for her and understand what she needs when symptoms flare up.
Get Organized so Others Know What to Do.
It’s one thing for you to have a plan, but it’s another entirely for you to have a plan that anyone who helps your senior can follow. Start collecting the data that someone else would need and then make sure it’s easily accessible. A three-ring binder is a great way to keep everything together and easy to find. When new senior care providers arrive or when family members take over for an afternoon, take the time to point out the binder.
Stick with the Plan Once You Have One.
The best part of having a plan is that it gives you and your senior a set of steps to follow to help her to stay as healthy as possible. Medication changes or any other changes are something you can easily implement into the plan as needed. Having a solid routine allows you to communicate effectively with her doctor, too. You’ll be able to tell what’s working and what isn’t so you can make any necessary changes.
Don’t let the idea of formulating an asthma management plan intimidate you. A simple plan just helps your senior tick all the boxes to make sure she’s on target. The plan also gives you guidelines so that you know what to do when something doesn’t go the way that you expect.
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