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Have you noticed that when mama gets a UTI, she gets confused? She feels weak, sleepy and has no energy?

Have you also noticed that when she gets the right antibiotic, drinks more water, she feels better in a few days?

According to the National Institute of Health, “most urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria that enter the urethra and then the bladder. The infection most commonly develops in the bladder, but can spread to the kidneys. Most of the time, your body can get rid of these bacteria. However, certain conditions increase the risk of having UTIs.

Women tend to get them more often because their urethra is shorter and closer to the anus than in men. Because of this, women are more likely to get an infection after sexual activity or when using a diaphragm for birth control. Menopause also increases the risk of a UTI.

The following also increase your chances of developing a UTI:

Symptoms

The symptoms of a bladder infection include:

  • Cloudy or bloody urine, which may have a foul or strong odor
  • Low fever in some people
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Pressure or cramping in the lower abdomen or back
  • Strong need to urinate often, even right after the bladder has been emptied

If the infection spreads to your kidneys, symptoms may include:

  • Chills and shaking or night sweats
  • Fatigue and a general ill feeling
  • Fever above 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Pain in the side, back, or groin
  • Flushed, warm, or reddened skin
  • Mental changes or confusion (in the elderly, these symptoms often are the only signs of a UTI)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Very bad abdominal pain (sometimes)”

Suffice it to say, urinary tract infections can be dangerous in elderly patients. They can cause death.

If you think your loved one looks different, is acting different, doesn’t feel well — it may be a UTI. Call the doctor and let him/her know about all of the changes

 

Our local news today lead off with a nightmare headline – Man in hospital after shooting at local Retirement Community.

It’s a nightmare because families across the region worried whether or not the person shot was a resident, and when they learned it was a visitor to the long term care facility who had been seen brandishing a weapon, they wondered to themselves how on earth someone could get into the retirement community after hours with a gun.

Thankfully, it appears no residents were injured and the shots were fired by law enforcement there to protect the residents and staff.

Sadly, we are often contacted by families whose loved ones have been injured by physical assault in long term care communities.

Many communities have residents that are aggressive because of medical conditions (dementia, traumatic brain injury, etc.) and or have staff with criminal tendencies that have not been properly screened. Our office has handled numerous cases where residents have been sexually and physically assaulted by other patients and or staff. And the family always asks, how such a horrible event could really happen to an elderly loved one?

It happens when facilities do not properly screen their staff.

It happens when facilities do not properly monitor their patients.

It happens when patients with aggressive tendencies are allowed to remain in communities despite their danger to others.

It happens when facilities put dollars ahead of patient care.

It happens when not enough staff is hired to properly monitor patients.

While it seems this week’s headline reflects a facility responding quickly and appropriately, we have seen many cases where families are not as lucky.

Lauren

 

 

 

 

I get it.

I get it because I’ve been there.

You have a loved one who is disabled or older and you are states away. You can’t be there to visit daily, check on home health, interview aides, complain to the nursing home administrator or tell your loved one in person they are loved.

When something goes wrong, you hop on a plane, you get there, solve the problem, miss work, miss your family, do your best, make decisions, hold hands, pray and fly home. Then it happens again, and again, and again.

Many experts are writing on this issue – including great suggestions on how to be a better long distance caregiver.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/your-money/caring-for-aging-parents-even-from-a-distance.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.agingcare.com/Articles/How-to-be-a-long-distance-caregiver-help-parent-from-afar-132480.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/caregivers/in-depth/caregiving/art-20047057

  • visit more often
  • make calls
  • keep notes
  • be an advocate
  • build support communities
  • ask questions

It sounds good, but how do you know what questions to ask? If you have never been down this road before, how can you prepare?

Call our office today for your FREE copy of ltc care.our book on Long Term in Care in Virginia. We provide lists of questions to ask the assisted living facility, nursing home or long term care company. We also include online resources to investigate providers, compare companies etc.

Need a good place to start your out of state caregiving of a loved one in Virginia - this free book is the place to start: 540-985-0098.

 

 

 
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