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Signs That Your Aging Parent is Suffering a Urinary Tract Infection

Elderly Care in Miami FL

Elderly Care in Miami FLUrinary tract infections are unpleasant for anyone, but they can be particularly troublesome for your elderly parent. Aging adults experience these infections differently than younger adults and can suffer more serious consequences, including dementia and vulnerability to further infections and illness. As with most medical conditions, early detection is key to making sure that your aging parent gets the care and treatment that they need to recover from this infection and stay safe from possible consequences.

Some of the signs that your aging parent is suffering from a UTI include:

  • Sudden onset of incontinence. If your aging parent was not experiencing incontinence but is suddenly showing frequent symptoms of not having control over their bladder, it could be due to a urinary tract infection. These infections cause urgency as well as difficulty with control, making those who are vulnerable to incontinence at even greater risk.
  • Burning sensation. If your aging expresses any pain or discomfort, especially a burning sensation, while eliminating, it is likely a sign of an infection. This is the most common symptom and the one that most people experience the most intensely.
  • Changes in behavior. While elderly people experience many of the same symptoms of urinary tract infections that younger people do, they also often experience symptoms that are relatively unique to older people. One is dementia behaviors. Your parent may seem confused or dazed, may have difficulty making decisions or show poor judgment, they may experience memory loss or show personality changes. It is very common for people to see these symptoms and automatically think that their loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This can result in a misdiagnosis and not actually get the senior the type of treatment that they need.

If you notice changes in your parent’s behavior or suspect that they are suffering from urinary tract infection, it is important that you get them to the doctor as soon as possible. These infections can last for quite some time and increase your parent’s vulnerability to other forms of infection and illness. Getting the proper treatment as quickly as possible gives your parent the best chances of not only recovering from the infection successfully, but also of avoiding other health complications that may arise as a result.

If your parent is suffering from a urinary tract infection or has been getting more frequent UTIs, not may be the right time for you to consider elderly care. Having an elderly home care services provider in the home with your parent can not only help them to recover more effectively from their infection, but can also help to reduce the chances of further infections, protecting your aging parent from the potentially serious consequences that can come with these infection. Through a personalized approach to care and assistance the care provider can help your parent to change behaviors that possibly increase their risk of such infections, such as not drinking enough fluids or practicing improper hygiene.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Miami, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

Source:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-tract-infection/basics/definition/con-20037892

http://www.webmd.com/women/tc/urinary-tract-infections-utis-in-older-adults-topic-overview

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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