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How Being Sick Can Impact Elderly Care

Posted: 4/1/2014 12:00 PM by Interim HealthCare
As anyone could likely attest, it’s no fun being sick. Depending on the illness that you have, you might not have a lot of energy, you could be congested, and you might feel as though you’re making too many mistakes. When it comes to elderly care, being sick can have an impact on the level and quality of care that a person receives.

You may not think that being sick is going to impact your elderly loved one in any real way. Maybe you just assume that you’ll be able to do the same quality work for him or her, or that even though you’re sick at the moment, it is still far better than them getting no care at all.

In order to understand just what kind of impact your being sick can have on any type of elder care services that you may provide, consider what being sick can do to you, in general.

How do you feel when you’re sick? You might feel drowsy or groggy. This can impair your judgment; you may do some things or say things that you don’t normally do or say. You may be inclined to cut corners just to finish a job, rather than get out there and make sure that the job is done right.

You may also feel miserable when you have bad congestion, a fever, or cough. This could cause you to be less patient and have a lower tolerance level for certain situations, behaviors, or problems that could arise.

How an illness affects you can directly impact those who rely on you as well, even though they may not share it with you. One of the most obvious ways that being ill could impact elderly care is by spreading the illness to the person for whom you’re caring.

Elderly individuals tend to have weaker immune systems than younger people. This means that it could be more harmful for your loved one to contract the same illness that you’re currently dealing with.

If you are sick, and you don’t believe that you can provide the highest level of elderly care for your loved one, it’s time to consider hiring a professional elderly care provider who has experience and who is healthy at this time to provide elderly care to your loved one.
Being sick is no fun, but when you’re responsible for any type of elderly care, make sure that you’re not putting the elderly individual at risk, either by contracting what you have, or through a lower level of care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care services, contact Interim HealthCare today. G+

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