Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that leads to symptoms such as fatigue, exhaustion, sore throat, headaches, and more. This can be very challenging and greatly limit activity, well-being, and quality of life. While the majority of people who develop this condition are between the ages of 20 and 40, it can impact anyone. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with chronic fatigue syndrome, it is important to ensure they get the proper care and support to help them maintain as much health and well-being as possible as they age.
Use these tips to help you care for a senior living with chronic fatigue syndrome:
● Make sure your parent has gotten an accurate diagnosis. The same symptoms that define chronic fatigue syndrome can be related to many other health issues and it is important to eliminate these as possibilities
● Encourage your senior to get involved in a support group for those who are living with this condition. Depression and other mental health issues contribute to and worsen CFS. Effectively managing and decreasing depression can ease the effects of CFS and support healing and recovery
● Encourage your parent to consider individual therapy and cognitive training to support good mental health
● Talk to your parent’s doctor about the possibility of medications that treat issues such as depression. These are not right for everyone, but they might be right for your parent
● Encourage your parent to participate in physical therapy. Often those suffering CFS are very sensitive to physical exertion and can suffer severe exhaustion as a result. Gradually increasing exposure to physical exertion can help to reduce this impact and increase consistent energy
Being a family caregiver is challenging for anyone, but if you are dealing with health issues or limitations of your own, it can be even more difficult. Making home care a part of your care routine can be an important part of fulfilling your caregiver role while also effectively managing your own needs. Personalized services can include safe and reliable transportation, meal preparation to support good nutrition, medication reminders, mobility support, assistance with personal care needs such as bathing, and more. This enables you to take a step back and delegate tasks so your parent gets the care and assistance that will support health, safety, independence, and quality of life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in Crawfordville, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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