Pneumonia is a dangerous condition that affects hundreds of thousands of people every year. If untreated, it can be deadly. It has a greater chance of being more serious for infants and the elderly, so if your elderly loved one has been diagnosed with this virus, then you should learn the best methods for pneumonia care at home.
When you provide the right pneumonia care at home, you are going to help your loved one get over this illness and make a full recovery. When that happens, you end up being able to reduce hospital readmission rates.
One of the most important things to note about pneumonia is that if you suspect that your loved one has this illness, they should see a doctor immediately. This illness can become severe quickly, especially for older individuals whose immune systems are compromised or not nearly as strong as they once were. Once they have visited with the doctor, then they will likely have medication prescribed for them and they will receive a list of instructions about how to care for their pneumonia so that they make a full recovery as soon as possible.
According to WebMd, some of the steps that the patient should take for treating pneumonia at home include some of the following:
- Get plenty of rest. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
- Take care of your cough if it is making it hard for you to rest. A cough is one way your body gets rid of the infection. And you should not try to stop your coughing unless it is severe enough to make breathing difficult, cause vomiting, or prevent rest.
- Consider taking acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or aspirin to help reduce fever and make you feel more comfortable. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of Reye syndrome.
The treatment for an elderly individual is effectively no different than for a younger, stronger person. The main focus should be that they get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids.
One of the common mistakes that are made when it comes to pneumonia care at home, though, is that you may have a desire to stop your loved one from coughing. Try to avoid this, unless it becomes uncomfortable. When you take the right steps for care for your loved one at home, you will help to reduce hospital readmission rates for them.
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