In-Home Elderly Flu Care | Elderly Flu Caregiver Services In the safety and security of your home
FCP Live-In provides affordable in-home Live-In Elderly Flu Care when flu symptoms make it difficult for seniors to stay at home and care for themselves. A flu virus can negatively affect the lives of older adults because the infection places seniors at risk for more serious medical complications.
Monitoring your loved one’s elderly flu care needs so they do not get worse requires round-the-clock vigilance. However, watching your loved one while taking care of your responsibilities can be very difficult. Without constant monitoring, your loved one’s flu symptoms may get worse. This is where FCP Live-In steps in with our Live-In Elderly Flu Care support.
At FCP Live-In, we help older adults with different types of health conditions to live independently in familiar surroundings and avoid going to an assisted living facility or nursing home.
For over 20 years, our highly skilled and trained caregivers have cared for the daily needs of the elderly by providing services that include:
Personal Care Services
Help with bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting
Meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry
Encouraging exercise and other recreational accompanying the patient to doctor appointments and walks outside
With FCP Live-In, quality Flu Symptoms in Elderly Care is available for your loved one. To learn more, call us directly at 1(866) 559-9492.
Flu: A Contagious Viral Infection
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that usually circulates in late fall and early spring. The illness is caused by various influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs.
Infected people may be the most contagious in the first three to four days after exposure to the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Medical experts believe that the flu spreads in droplets made when an infected person talks, sneezes or cough. People standing nearby inhale the droplets or touch a surface that the droplets landed on, like doorknobs or handles, and then touch their face.
The flu may be mistaken for a cold, at first, because both are infectious and share some of the same symptoms, such as:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
While cold symptoms are generally milder, flu symptoms can worsen and cause:
- Body aches
- Dry cough
- High fever
- Nausea and vomiting
To protect against the flu, the CDC recommends that people 6 months old and older get a flu shot by the end of October. People infected with the flu are advised to stay at home, rest and drink plenty of fluids.
When it comes to older adults, FCP Live-In’s direct care staff monitors seniors recovering from the flu and managing other health-related conditions. At FCP Live-In, we focus on the well-being of our clients.
Flu Brings Complications to Older Adults with Medical Conditions
The flu is worrisome for people over 65 because the body’s immune system weakens with age. This is why it may be difficult for older adults to fight the flu and other viral infections. If left untreated, the flu can lead to health problems like pneumonia, for example.
Pneumonia is a lung infection that may require treatment in a hospital. Unfortunately, pneumonia can be fatal for seniors. According to the National Council for Aging Care, pneumonia is the fourth leading cause of death among older adults.
In addition, the flu can complicate pre-existing respiratory and lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. What’s more, studies show that people who have had a stroke or who have heart disease are at risk for serious complications from the flu, the CDC reports.
Researchers have also discovered that doctors can miss diagnosing flu symptoms in the elderly who have two or more chronic diseases or health conditions, according to an article published in the January 2012 issue of Clinical Medicine Insights: Case Reports.
The article suggests that doctors should suspect that an elderly patient admitted to the hospital during the flu season has the flu, even if they do not display common flu symptoms. Unfortunately, a missed or delayed diagnosis can lead to the older adult’s death, the article said.
CDC: Uncommon Flu Season in 2017-2018
The CDC reported an unusual flu season occurred in 2017-2018 when people of all ages suffered from the viral infection. During this time, the flu was associated with an estimated:
- 11.5 million cases in children
- 30 million cases in adults between 18-64 years old
- 7.3 million cases in adults 65 years old and older
There were also an estimated 959,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 79,400 deaths. Of these totals:
- More than 48,000 children under 18 years old were hospitalized
- 70 percent of adults 65 years old and older were hospitalized
- Older adults accounted for 90 percent of the deaths
CDC figures show that older adults are more susceptible to flu-related fatalities than those in other age groups. Because of this, having in-home caregivers to watch over an elderly person may be best to avoid any tragic flu-related outcomes.
Your loved one does not have to be alone while fighting off the flu. Call FCP Live-In today at 1(866) 559-9492 to learn how we can help.
About FCP Live-In And Our Flu Symptoms in Elderly Care
We have provided the ultimate solution for assisted Flu Symptoms in Elderly Care services since 1997. Our live-in Flu Symptoms in Elderly Care services agency is committed to providing a unique and customized In-Home Flu Symptoms in Elderly Care services approach to senior care with the goal of a lifestyle that provides enjoyment for the one in care, and families with peace of mind.
FCP Live-In is a Live-In Home Care company with over two decades of experience specializing in elderly care needs within the home. Our live-in caregiver staff provides an insurance policy of safe and supportive care, along with a 24-hour professional support system that starts with our direct care staff in the home and expands out to a multi-faceted corporate structure that is there for the client and the Live-in Caregiver at all times.
For more information about our Flu Symptoms in Elderly Care services contact FCP Live-In today at 1(866) 559-9492 or please fill out the form below.
Link: CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm
Link: National Council for Aging Care: https://www.aging.com/a-guide-to-the-seasonal-flu-for-seniors/
Link: CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/heartdisease.htm
Link: Clinical Medicine Insights: Case Reports Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257067/