When loved ones first receive a diagnosis common amongst the aging, they don’t think much of it. There is a mild sadness that there will now be daily medication, possibly changes to diet and exercise, but not much thought to the real downfalls of these diagnoses. Two of the most commonly diagnosed ailments in older people are high blood pressure and diabetes. If not properly monitored and controlled, both diseases can damage vision and possibly cause blindness, as well as kidney dysfunction possibly resulting in the need for dialysis. These individuals now need more care than they can give themselves and often don’t realize it until after a surprise hospital stay. How does everyone involved determine an Orlando in-home care solution that doesn’t encroach on the independence that these loved ones still desire?
The answer begins with that surprise hospital stay. To avoid more time in the hospital due to manageable illnesses, a specialized medical care team that focuses on relieving the symptoms and stresses of serious illnesses is called. This palliative care team of doctors, nurses, and specialists work together to provide extra layers of support and improve the patient’s quality of life. In addition to relieving symptoms and distress, this team will help increase understanding of the disease and diagnosis, clarify treatment goals and options, assist in medical decision making, and coordinate with all the doctors involved. Palliative care is available at any age and stage of illness, but the earlier a care team can be established, the higher the quality of life the loved one will experience.
While these palliative care teams exist mostly in hospitals, it is possible to find quality help outside the hospital setting. BrightStar Care offers a wide range of services from transportation services and companion care to personal care and skilled home care. Many loved ones just need someone to check in on them once or twice a week that they can talk honestly with about how they’re doing and how much help they actually need. Often, these conversations are too stressful even for family members who are actively involved in the life of the loved one.
BrightStar Care also offers the ability to gradually increase the amount of care received without having to find a new provider or make large changes in their lifestyle, making the transitions easier and less stressful for all involved. BrightStar Care wants to provide premium Orlando in-home care that allows for a previously unimagined quality of life. For more information on our award-winning service offerings, please call BrightStar Care at 1-866-618-7827 for a complimentary in-home assessment.