Your Pneumonia Care Plan: How BrightStar Care Can Help
What is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection that causes inflammation in one or more parts of the lung. It’s a serious illness that may require hospitalization and can even be life threatening in frail individuals, such as elderly parents. Risk factors can include exposure to other individuals with pneumonia or the flu, underlying health issues, especially COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and exposure to heavy amounts of secondhand smoke and pollution.
Talk to a doctor if your parent has symptoms, such as fever, cough (with or without mucus), fatigue, shortness of breath that gets worse with mild activity, wheezing, or trouble catching their breath. A doctor can make a diagnosis based on these symptoms and/or a chest x-ray. You’ll also want to ask about the pneumonia vaccine, which is typically given every five to seven years.
The BrightStar Care Approach to Nursing Care Plans for Pneumonia
Unlike many home care providers, BrightStar Care has a Registered Nurse create and supervise every client’s pneumonia care plan. This ensures you get the support you need with managing medicines, monitoring conditions, and following an oxygen therapy regimen. Each independently owned and operated BrightStar Care agency pursues Joint Commission accreditation and follows the National Patient Safety Goals to provide peace of mind that your loved one receives the highest quality care. At the same time, our focus on compassion and empathy ensures he or she will be treated as a person, not a condition.
A typical treatment plan for pneumonia includes both antibiotics to fight infection and an inhaler to reduce inflammation. Taking these medicines properly can be difficult, especially if taking other medications. In these situations, the risk of drug interactions, side effects, and accidentally missing or doubling doses is high. BrightStar Care can supervise, and even assist with administering (in most states) medication regimens.
Some people who have pneumonia may require oxygen therapy, especially if they have other health conditions. BrightStar Care can ensure the flow rate of oxygen is correct and help you plan how to administer oxygen during travel. We also will check for oxygen safety risks and educate clients and family on how to prevent dangerous oxygen-related fires.
Personalized Pneumonia Care Plans
Pneumonia care plans should foster all-around good health. BrightStar Care’s in-home personal care services can help in a number of ways:
- Activity and exercise are good for pneumonia patients as they recover, but this needs to be carefully balanced with appropriate rest and relaxation periods. Our professional caregivers can lead walks, stretching, and weight exercises.
- People with pneumonia need to maintain a healthy diet and weight. Let us help you plan and prepare healthy meals. We can report changes in weight to your loved one’s doctor.
- Most people with pneumonia must learn to rest and move slowly to avoid getting worn out during the day. This can include moving slowly to conserve energy and avoid breathlessness, using a shower stool and hose sprayer for bathing, sitting to dress and undress, and more. When all that feels like too much, our experienced in-home caregivers can help.
Get Help from BrightStar Care
Call BrightStar Care today at 866-618-7827 to learn more about our in-home pneumonia care and to find a location near you.
You can also contact us online.