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In-home Care in Los Angeles Examines the Most Common Diseases in Seniors

Which Diseases does In-home Care in Los Angeles  See Most Often?

Infectious diseases can be an extremely serious problem for the elderly, including those who benefit from in-home care in Los Angeles . For younger folks, an illness is usually a minor inconvenience, perhaps causing the loss of a day of work or school. But seniors, with weaker immune systems, are in danger of losing the battle that their bodies fight with infection. The American Academy of Family Physicians has just published a report identifying the five most common diseases responsible for hospital admissions among the elderly.

Pneumonia and the Flu

As it turns out, pneumonia and influenza are the two most common infections that send seniors to the hospital. A particular problem with pneumonia is that its symptoms closely match those of other, less serious diseases. By the time family members realize that their loved one is dealing with more than a simple cold, hospitalization may be necessary. Following the flu in second place are urinary tract infections and skin conditions. As the first line of defense for the rest of the body, the skin must remain healthy and strong to protect overall health.

Resistant Infections

Rounding out the list of common diseases are two antibiotic-resistant infections, most commonly known as MRSA and VRE. Both infections spread easily in settings with humans in close proximity—such as a long-term care facility or even a hospital. Even after a senior has been hospitalized, family members, doctors, and in-home care in Los Angeles and San Diego County must be careful to continue protecting against infection as much as possible.

Better Health with In-home Care in Los Angeles and San Diego County

With an extra pair of eyes and hands in the form of a professional caregiver, families of seniors can do a better job monitoring them for the symptoms of these and other dangerous diseases. Learn to recognize the telltale signs of pneumonia, and never be too quick to dismiss illness as a minor, passing cold—especially if symptoms persist for an unusual amount of time. A visit to the doctor may save your loved one a visit to the hospital later on.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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