September is Skin Care Awareness Month.
For you, as a family caregiver, this is the ideal opportunity to learn more about the most pressing issues facing your senior parent’s skin and the steps you can take to protect them from serious health complications and consequences. This enables you to guard them against potential issues that could negatively impact their health and well-being.
Some of the most common skin problems of elderly adults include:
• Discoloration. Purple spots that appear on a senior’s extremities are often caused by a condition known as senile purpura. This is due to blood vessels and capillaries just beneath the surface of the skin that can break, showing through the thin, fragile skin.
• Dry skin. The thinness of senior skin couple with the loss of moisture and fat can lead to dry skin. This is not only uncomfortable but can also cause your parent to scratch or rub at their skin, potentially opening it and making them vulnerable to infection and illness.
• Exfoliative dermatitis. A very severe form of dry skin, this issue is characterized by the excessive shedding of the skin.
• Infections. Parasitic infections and other types of infections of the skin are particularly common among elderly adults. This is especially true for those who suffer from chronic dry skin or injuries to the skin.
• Skin cancer. As with many types of cancer, the risk of developing skin cancer increases with age.
• Shingles. Age also increases the risk of the viral infection shingles, a response to the herpes zoster virus, which is the same one responsible for chickenpox.
If you have been looking for a way to enhance your parent’s quality of life and help them to achieve and maintain a healthier, safer, and more comfortable lifestyle as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent to fill any care gaps that might exist, support them in healthy lifestyle choices, and encourage them to pursue as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible as they age in place.
As a family caregiver it can give you confidence knowing that whether you are able to be with your parent or not, they are in good hands. Whether you live at a distance and are unable to be with them as frequently as you would want to be, or your own schedule and limitations keep you from giving them all of the care and support that they need, the highly personalized services of an elder care provider are designed to ensure your senior has the support and care that they need at all times.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home health care in San Clemente, CA, please contact the caring staff at Canaan Home Care today!