Lyme disease is prevalent in the northeastern part of the U.S., but it’s spreading there are cases in almost every state. It’s said that about 300,000 new cases occur each year.
If a senior citizen gets Lyme disease, symptoms are unlikely to be noticeable at first. As the disease progresses, it can lead to difficulties with daily routines.
What is Lyme Disease?
Blacklegged ticks are the cause of Lyme disease. An infected tick passes on the virus if it’s not removed with a day or two. The CDC says a tick must be attached for at least 36 hours before the disease can be transmitted.
If a tick does transmit the virus to a person, the first symptoms mimic the common flu. A headache, fever, chills, and fatigue are common. A circular rash that looks like a bulls-eye is common and can grow to be as much as a foot in size. That rash may feel warm, but it generally doesn’t itch or feel uncomfortable.
It’s important to go to the doctor if the rash appears or a tick has bitten you. If Lyme disease goes untreated, it can lead to joint pain and inflammation throughout the body. Meningitis, Bell’s palsy, and muscle weakness are also possible.
While it’s not as common, there are cases where Lyme disease affects the heart, eyes, and liver. The best way to avoid Lyme disease is by using a DEET spray when you’ll be in tall grass or a wooded area. After being outside, you should check your body for ticks and take a shower to remove any you didn’t see before they can attach. If there are any, remove them with a tick removing tool and contact the doctor.
How Home Care Can Help?
Joint pain that occurs with Lyme disease can make it difficult to handle daily routines. Pain might keep your parent from being able to stand for long periods of time. Mobility can decrease. A lack of energy paired with the joint pain increases the risk of a fall.
Home care services support your parents in any way necessary. If joint pain keeps your parent from cooking nutritious meals because standing still or chopping vegetables is tough, caregivers can cook meals for them. If they need help getting out of bed, into the shower, or off of a chair or sofa, caregivers provide support while they move from one area to another.
To get started, call a home care agency. You’ll learn more about the services that can help your mom and dad. You’ll also discuss rates and scheduling.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elder Care in San Juan Capistrano, CA, please contact the caring staff at Canaan Home Care today!