Senior Care Tips: 5 Ways to Get Natural Relief for Chronic Respiratory Diseases
Posted: 4/19/2017 10:09 AM by
If you have an aging parent or loved one, you know that breathing problems can be a serious issue. With age comes an upsurge of respiratory illnesses, like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, and sarcoidosis.
Whether you are a family caregiver, or you employ someone from a senior care agency to help manage these problems in your own loved one, you will know that life is very tough when you can’t breathe well, and the smallest bit of relief can be wonderful.
While there are many medications that will help your aging loved one breathe easier, there are also a number of natural ways to help them with these illnesses. Many of the tips listed below can be put into action today, which will be a huge relief to both you and your loved one.
1. Avoid aggravation – Breathing in things like cigarette or cigar smoke (including second-hand smoke) and other noxious fumes can aggravate the lining of the lungs, making it even harder to breathe than it was before. Keep your senior away from these things, and take care not to let them smoke themselves, as this will only add to their lung problems.
2. Fight germs – For sufferers of COPD and other lung diseases, catching a cold can be fatal. If you, your senior care aide, or anyone else in the vicinity has a cold or the flu, be sure to cough and sneeze into your elbow to avoid releasing airborne germs. Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, and avoid sharing food or drinks with your loved one until you are certain that the illness has passed and is no longer infectious.
3. Try eating these herbs and spices – Natural remedies have existed for centuries, and often consist of making teas and other drinks from herbs like ginger, chicory, and turmeric. Celery is also known for its effectiveness in easing the symptoms of illnesses like asthma and bronchitis, due to its natural antispasmodic properties.
4. Buy some plants – Plants are nature’s air filters, and placing some around your house can greatly improve the air quality. Plants take in the toxins and other pollutants and waste from the air, and recycle it into clean, fresh air, which will be much easier for your loved one to breathe.
5. Get outside – As I just mentioned, plants are nature’s way of creating a fresh, clean, breathable environment for us humans. As long as the senior in your care does not suffer from allergies and you don’t live in a highly polluted area, taking them outside at least once a day to breathe in the fresh air is a great way to clear out their lungs and keep them healthy and comfortable.
Respiratory problems are never easy, but if you take advantage of these five tips, both you and your senior will be breathing easier soon. However, if you find that the problem is very serious, and your loved one is having trouble getting their breath, do not hesitate to seek medical help, as this may be the sign of something more serious.