Being able to recognize the symptoms of a condition is important not just so that you can detect if your parent might be suffering from a new health issues, but also so that you can monitor their progress, determine if they may need additional support and care, and recognize if what they are dealing with is truly related to that particular concern or if it may be something else.
If your parent may be living with Crohn’s disease, or they have received such a diagnosis, knowing the symptoms can help you as their family caregiver ensure that they are getting the ongoing care that they need and managing their condition in the best way possible.
Some of the potential signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:
It is important that your parent see the doctor if they have been struggling with marked changes in their bowel habits or health, are suffering from chronic abdominal pain, have been losing weight without trying, or have a fever that is not related to another condition that lasts more than two days.
Because Crohn’s disease occurs in “flares”, it is possible for your parent to go for stretches without serious symptoms. This does not mean, however, that they do not need consistent care. Talk to their doctor about management and control efforts that you can make every day to help minimize symptoms and protect your parent’s health,
Starting home health care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them. Bringing a home health care services provider into your parent’s care routine can ensure that they have access to the care, support, and assistance that they need to manage their challenges and limitations in the way that is right for them.
Whether you are in the sandwich generation caring for your elderly parent and your children and therefore have a very busy schedule, you live at a distance from your parent and are unable to be with them as often as you would like, or you have your own limitations that keep you from being able to fulfill your parent’s needs effectively, home health care can give you peace of mind. Knowing that this care provider is with your parent lets you know that they have access to highly personalized services designed with their health, safety, and quality of life in mind, while still keeping you involved every step of the way.