How To Prepare Your Senior Loved Ones For Allergy Season
But, one particular fact that can’t go unnoticed is how the spring is synonymous with allergy season.
This transition can be difficult for many to manage, as allergies serve as the sixth-leading cause of chronic illness for seniors throughout the United States.
Seniors and Allergy Season
Seniors with pre-existing chronic conditions are more vulnerable to symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, such as itchy eyes, persistent coughing, and runny noses.
As a family member or as a caregiver responsible for a senior loved one, you can provide much-needed support to someone who suffers from seasonal allergies by connecting them with the right types of medications and other forms of treatment.
Communicate With Your Senior Loved One’s Primary Physician
To start out, if you know that your senior loved one suffers from seasonal allergies, it is important to alert their primary care physician and other professionals who may also be responsible for providing ongoing support.
Most physicians are primarily focused on managing or treating a senior loved one’s chronic conditions and may not consider their allergies as a top priority.
However, while allergies may seem insignificant compared to other types of conditions, they can have a powerful impact on how well your senior loved one feels and functions.
In fact, seasonal allergy symptoms can be devastating for those who already suffer from particular conditions that affect their cardiovascular system.
So if your senior loved one is sensitive to seasonal allergies, make sure to communicate this information with their primary physician to ensure that they receive appropriate treatment.
Choose The Right Type of Allergy Medication
Allergy sufferers throughout the United States often turn to over-the-counter (OTC) medications more often than prescription pills.
In fact, approximately 16 million Americans resort to OTC drugs rather than refer to their primary physician for support.
For seniors who suffer from seasonal allergies, using OTC medications can cause a series of complications due to the volume of antihistamines that these types of pills often contain. Such ingredients can cause complications with other medications your senior loved one may rely on, including:
- Dry mouth
- Mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
Make sure to consult with your senior loved one’s primary physician to determine the most appropriate type of treatment.
Provide Clean, Quality Air
In addition to working with your senior loved one’s primary physician to ensure that the right type of medication is used, it is also important to set up an air purifier in their home or assisted living environment.
Such appliances are helpful for improving air quality by eliminating common allergens, such as pollen, dust, and dander.
Make sure to select an air purifier that contains a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) certification, as these particular devices have the best filtration capabilities.
Hearthstone Has Everything Your Senior Loved One Needs For A Comfortable, Relaxing Spring
For seniors who are considering transitioning into an assisted living community, our family owned and managed apartments provide the perfect outlet for remaining independent, while still being able to connect with loved ones.
At Hearthstone of Beaverton, our boutique-style community contains over 50 different Assisted Living apartments that range from private studios to one or two bedrooms.
At Hearthstone at Murrayhill, we offer Independent, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. Our team of friendly, professional staff are available to our residents 24 hours a day and includes a full-time registered nurse at each building.
We serve our residents, families, and guests with love, respect, and integrity…and that is only the beginning of what makes us so special.
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Beaverton, OR 97008
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Beaverton, OR 97008