Experts report that more than 76 million people throughout the United States have suffered from pain that lasted for more than 24 hours. This number accounts for 25% of the total population of the country. Many more than this report are experiencing pain for shorter terms on a regular basis.
Pain is considered the leading cause of long-term disability and is the most common cause of a person seeking out medical care. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize the tremendous impact that pain can make on your elderly parent and take steps to help them manage this pain while giving them the care they need.
Use these tips to care for a senior living with pain:
- Encourage your parent to learn, and utilize deep breathing and meditation exercises. Studies have shown that staying calm, relaxing, and other behavioral approaches can be highly effective at reducing pain and increasing the ability to cope with pain.
- Help your parent to find ways to reduce the stress in their life. Particularly for those who are living with chronic pain, stress can greatly worsen the pain, and also make it more difficult to cope with on a regular basis. Support groups and individual therapy can be instrumental in managing stress.
- Encourage your senior to exercise. While it might seem counterintuitive to have a person who is in pain be active, exercise can actually help. Exercising releases endorphins, which make you feel happy and at peace, and also relieve pain. Talk to their doctor about the types of exercises that are appropriate for them, and ensure your senior always has access to proper support, either from you or from an elderly care provider.
- Improve your parent’s sleep habits by establishing a sleep routine, making sure their sleep environment is tailored to the best quality sleep, and reducing consumption of stimulants such as caffeine.
- Encourage your parent to reach out to and make connections with others who are living with pain. Simply knowing they are not alone can make a tremendous difference in your parent’s ability to manage their pain, and also the emotional impact of that pain.
- Help your parent keep a diary of their pain symptoms. This can illuminate patterns that might show triggers or other causes of pain your parent didn’t know about. You can then use that information to make changes to their care and their daily lifestyle.
The customized services of an elderly care provider are not just useful to help your parent cope with physical issues, health problems, and mobility challenges. They can also make a tremendous difference in your parent’s mental and emotional health and well-being.
Transportation allows your parent to not only take on more of their own tasks and errands, which supports a sense of independence and autonomy but also gives them the opportunity to engage in more activities outside of the home. This, along with companionship from the elderly home care services provider, offers social interaction that is vital to good mental and emotional health. Playing games, doing crafts, and helping your parent learn new things are also valuable ways to keep your parent’s mind sharp, and their emotional health high.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in West Palm Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Happy at Home Care today. Always available at (561) 275-1735 or firstname.lastname@example.org.