Caring for Your Elderly Loved One with Kidney Disease
Providing support and care for an elderly parent who has kidney disease can often be difficult. It might seem overwhelming to everyone involved to know exactly what they can do to help. Here are some ways you can provide support to help them manage the care they need to live well.
Provide Transportation to Their Dialysis Treatment
Going to dialysis can be overwhelming both physically and emotionally. If you or a family member can go to your parent’s appointment with them, it’ll help ease those fears and calm the emotions that come with it. You can also hire a skilled nursing care provider to arrive at the home once the treatment is over to make sure your parent has all he needs as he’s recovering.
Consider Donating a Kidney
This is a big step, but if you feel led to this generous offering, talk to your doctor and your parent’s doctor. If your parent is waiting for a kidney transplant, and you are a match, you might be able to help them get off the waiting list a lot more quickly.
Make Sure They Take Their Medications
If your loved one is prescribed medications to help with his disease, helping him make sure he takes them as prescribed is important. It might be as simple as buying a pill dispenser with the days of the week on it or you might have a skilled nursing care provider come in and help him take his medications daily.
Offer to Attend a Support Group with Your Parent
It can often be hard to help others understand what you’re going through and your parent may feel like he needs a safe place to discuss his fears and concerns about his disease without having to burden other family members with his worries. If you can bring him to a good support group, he might find what he needs to help him cope with the disease emotionally. As his caregiver, you might find some much-needed support as well.
Help Him Stay on the Diet Prescribed by His Physician
Another way to support your loved one that has kidney disease is to prepare meals that can help him manage the progression of his disease.
Here are some common foods that are helpful for those who have kidney disease.
- Red bell peppers
- Egg whites
There are also foods your parent should avoid when he has kidney disease. Making sure to get these items out of the home so he isn’t tempted will be a big help (even if he balks at it).
- Processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, and jerky
- Canned foods with salt added
- Most dairy
As you help your parent manage his kidney disease, a skilled nursing care provider can always be a great person to have on your support team. They are glad to let you know which ways they can support you support your elderly loved one.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Skilled Nursing Care in Palm Beach County, FL please contact the caring staff at Elite Senior Home Care today. (561) 570-6613
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