How Can Senior Home Health Care Services from Visiting Angels Eldersburg Help Elderly Adults Manage Allergies and Asthma?
Learn how our senior home health care services help manage allergies and asthma for seniors in Eldersburg, Westminster, Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City and surrounding areas in Maryland
Many people in Carroll, Howard and Baltimore Counties look forward to the warm weather of spring and summer, especially following the cold and dreary months of winter. Unfortunately, the warmer seasons can be a mixed blessing for millions of seniors who suffer from allergies or asthma. At Visiting Angels Eldersburg, our personalized senior home health care services can help your loved one manage asthma and allergies.
What You Should Know About Allergies and Asthma
The most common symptoms are:
- Coughing and breathing difficulties
- Sneezing and watery or itchy eyes
- Congestion, runny nose and postnasal drip
- Itchy, irritated sinuses, ear canals and throat
Symptoms vary among individuals, and their severity can range from mild irritation to life-threatening.
Common allergy and asthma triggers include:
- Pollen, grass and trees
- Dust, mold and animal dander
- Chemical odors from cleaning products
Make an appointment to speak with a doctor if you suspect your loved one suffers from asthma or allergies. Getting expert medical care is important, as allergies and asthma can significantly affect a senior’s quality of life.
Four Ways Senior Home Health Care from Visiting Angels Eldersburg Helps Manage Allergies
Our senior home health care services can help your loved one manage symptoms in the following ways:
- Learn your loved one’s triggers
Your loved one’s caregiver will be aware of what causes their reaction will help them avoid contact with allergens and scenarios that may cause an asthma attack. The information will also help a doctor determine the right diagnosis and treatment.
- Avoid exposure to outdoor irritants
Many common asthma and allergy triggers, such as grass and pollen, are worse outdoors and may peak at certain times of the day. An in-home caregiver from Visiting Angels Eldersburg can schedule activities at non-peak times, especially helpful those with impaired cognitive function who may not realize when going outside would cause discomfort. Most allergens are located outside but can be brought inside via an open door or window. Our caregivers will make sure your loved one keeps doors and windows closed during peak times. They will also help your loved one change clothes or bathe to avoid bringing triggers indoors.
- Keep your loved one’s home free of allergens
Light housekeeping such as vacuuming, dusting, surface cleaning and changing bedsheets can keep allergy triggers in check. Pet dander, mold and dust can be swept up or dusted away, removed from your loved one’s environment. If he or she is allergic to certain cleaning products, their caregiver will choose safe alternatives.
- Assist your loved one in taking asthma and allergy medication
A professional caregiver from Visiting Angels Eldersburg will help your loved one with trips to the pharmacy and assist in taking their medication regularly. In the event of an emergency, such as an allergic reaction or asthma attack, our professional caregivers will call for emergency assistance.
For more information about how our senior home health care services can help your loved one enjoy the warm weather without having to worry about allergy and asthma triggers, call our Eldersburg, MD office at 410-324-6347.