Common Infections Among Elderly Adults

Elderly Care in Berkeley CA

Infections become even more common among older adults than any other age group, but are often difficult to diagnose. The reason for this is because seniors are at an increased risk of developing Elderly-Care-in-Berkeley-CAa wide range of infections and illnesses, so the symptoms could look a lot like the symptoms of other health conditions. Seniors who have dementia or are receiving long-term care are especially at risk for developing an infection. Whether you are the primary caregiver of your parent or they are in need of care from a professional elderly care provider, knowing the following infections will help you better detect if your loved one has it.

  • Skin infections. Because of the changes that occur with an older adult’s skin, they can easily develop an infection that may also heal at a slow rate. Pressure ulcers (or bedsores), bacterial or fungal foot infections, cellulitis, and shingles are just a few of the most common skin infections found among seniors. If the senior has unusual lesions, pain, or itching, they may have an infection and need treatment as soon as possible.
  • Influenza. Another common infection among older adults is influenza. Both pneumonia and influenza are the sixth leading cause of death in America, 90 percent of which are seniors. Influenza can easily spread to older adults through a cough, sneeze, or unwashed hand, yet can be difficult to get rid of. Some of the most common symptoms to watch for include a fever, chills, and a cough. By receiving an influenza vaccine each year, your loved one will be less likely to get this illness.
  • Urinary tract infections. This is the most common bacterial infection in elderly adults. If your aging parent uses a catheter or is at risk of diabetes, then they are more likely to contract a UTI. The onset of urinary incontinence, worsening of dementia symptoms, confusion, changes in behavior, and pain or discomfort are all common symptoms of this infection. Once the elder gets diagnosed, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the elder’s UTI.
  • Gastrointestinal infections. Because of the changes in the digestive system that occurs with age, older adults are at a high risk for getting a gastrointestinal infection. The most common forms of gastrointestinal infections are Helicobacter pylori and Clostridium difficile. Helicobacter pylori could cause an ulcer or gastritis to develop, as well as nausea, fever, and upper abdominal pain. Clostridium difficle is a common diarrhea-causing infection, which is usually the result of antibiotic treatments.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional elderly care in Berkeley, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.