4 Tips for Caring for a Senior Citizen

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Research from the Family Caregiver Alliance shows that by 2050, there will be nearly 37 million “unpaid family caregivers” – an 85% increase from the year 2000. Whether it’s a parent, grandparent or close friend, the thought of caring for a senior citizen can seem daunting. Between medications, doctor visits and the day-to-day tasks that require assistance, there is a lot to consider when it comes to being a caregiver. However, if you’re properly prepared and know what to expect, you will be much better equipped when the time comes.

Prepare Their Living Space

Whether your loved one is living at home, with you or at an assisted living home, it’s important they feel comfortable in their living space. Try to arrange their furniture in the same way they had it to avoid confusion or frustration. Keep areas clutter-free. Consider installing devices such as an anti-scald device for showers and faucets that prevent serious burns. Technology may also be beneficial as you can install motion sensors that will keep tabs on your loved one without cameras or microphones, so privacy is still in place. Ensure their daily items are within easy reach to avoid falls or injury. 

Visit Often

If your elderly loved one lives at home or at an assisted living center, it’s important you visit regularly. Not only will this allow you to check in on their current living conditions, it will let you watch for changes in their demeanor and health. Senior citizens also benefit greatly from regular socialization and cherish the time they can spend with family.

Keep In Touch

It’s important to be in communication with your loved one’s doctors and pharmacists so you’re aware of any medication that may be prescribed. Ask about any possible side effects and medical or food interactions so you can be on the lookout.

Discuss Finances

Spend some time talking about the finances of your loved one. Try to get a credit report check yearly to protect their identity and discuss the possibility of downsizing into a senior-friendly condo if they wish to remain living independently.

If you have the responsibility of caring for a senior citizen, consider asking for help when you feel overwhelmed. Don’t be afraid to lean on others when needed and check back in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog or come in to see us for more tips on caring for a senior citizen.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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How to Treat a Severe Sunburn

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We’ve all been there. It’s hot outside and nothing feels better than lounging in the cool water of the pool. Maybe you’re grilling outside during a weekend pool party or napping on the beach while on vacation. Whatever the scenario, there’s a good chance you forgot to reapply sunscreen and have now turned a color of red that resembles a lobster.

A study by the Skin Cancer Foundation reported that 42% of all adults received a sunburn at least once in the last year. What’s scary is that just one severe sunburn in a person’s life more than doubles the chances of developing melanoma at some point. So how do you know if your sunburn is severe and what do you do to treat it?

In addition to the color change in your skin, a severe sunburn can include symptoms such as chills, fever, nausea or vomiting. Often a sunburn that’s severe will blister and begin to peel within 4-7 days of exposure.

As soon as you get indoors after receiving a sunburn, it’s smart to apply a sunburn gel or cream. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, may also be helpful. If your burn is severe enough to require medical treatment, your doctor may prescribe stronger medication, antibiotics or silver sulfadiazine. It is important to stay well hydrated and monitor for signs of worsening symptoms.

There are a few things you can do to prevent future burns as well, including avoiding the sun, covering exposed skin, steering clear of tanning beds and using an SPF of 30 or higher. If you’re outdoors for a long period of time or getting in and out of water, you should reapply sunscreen frequently.

If you believe your sunburn is severe enough for medical attention, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Practicing Yoga for Stress Relief

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With so much on our to-do lists each and every day, it’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed. While stress and anxiety are becoming more and more common, they are not productive and only work against us. To combat stress, many people are turning to yoga.

Meant to calm both the mind and body, yoga incorporates physical poses, controlled breathing and relaxation. Not only will it help reduce stress, but yoga has been known to lower blood pressure and heart rate. Yoga can also be modified to cater to various fitness levels and injuries.

  • Practicing poses: Meant to increase strength and flexibility, yoga poses, also known as postures, range from lying on the floor to balancing on one leg.
  • Controlling your breath: One of the most important parts of yoga is controlled breathing. This can help to control your body and to quiet your mind.
  • Learning to meditate: Yoga may or may not include meditation or relaxation. By practicing meditation, you will learn to be more aware and mindful of the moment you’re in without judgment.

So what do you need to begin practicing yoga if you’re new to the exercise? First and foremost, you will want to invest in a yoga mat. This will make it easier to practice at home and you will also avoid the germs that live on gym mats.

During a typical yoga practice, you only need a yoga mat and water to stay hydrated. As you get more experienced, you may use blocks, straps and bolsters.

If you’re planning to begin a workout routine, such as yoga, for the first time in a while, it’s a good idea to get a medical examination before you start. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care for convenient hours and online check-in that provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Three Common Injuries Around the Pool

PoolSign.jpgFew things feel better than being poolside on a hot summer day. Whether you’re grilling near the pool, soaking up some sun or swimming laps, it’s important to implement safety rules to avoid a poolside injury. Below are a few common injuries that happen around the pool and ways to prevent them.

  1. Slipping: If you visit any community pool, there’s a good chance that “no running” signs are plastered all over. There’s a reason for that. Children are notorious for running around the pool, playing chase and hurrying to dive in. However, with poolside surfaces so slippery from overflowing water, it’s easy for kids (and adults) to slip and fall when running around. This can result in head injuries, neck injuries, cuts, bruises and even drowning if your child falls in the water. Use caution when poolside and encourage the use of life jackets for children who are playing around the pool.
  2. Skin Irritation: Whether you’re in your own pool or visiting a community pool, it’s inevitable there will be chlorine and other disinfectants to keep the pool safe from water-born bacteria. If the chemicals are mixed incorrectly, the pool water could irritate swimmers’ eyes, ears, airways and skin. Normally, you will notice an acrid smell coming from the pool if there is too much cleaner in the water; however, you should also ask your children to notify you if they experience stinging in their eyes or throat. And, remember to protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen!
  3. Musculoskeletal injury: Kids are fearless when it comes to the diving board. From backflips to cannonballs, the jumping techniques are endless. If the water in the pool has been lowered, however, your child is at risk for injuries to their ankle, knee, wrist and elbow. Check that water levels are appropriate and never leave children unattended in the water.

If you or your child has experienced a poolside injury, it’s important the injured person is taken to the doctor immediately. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

What To Do If You Get a Tick Bite

Hiking senior coupleSummer is the perfect time to spend your evenings outdoors, enjoying dinner on the patio or taking a walk around the neighborhood with the family. While this time of year can bring enjoyable evenings, it can also bring about extra exposure to insects. One of the more dangerous insects to avoid this time of year is the tick. Notorious for carrying Lyme disease, the tick requires blood meals to complete its life cycle.

Because ticks do not jump or fly, they will most commonly climb onto your feet as you walk through wooded areas or find their way onto you as you sit outdoors. By spraying insect repellent on yourself and your clothes and by wearing shoes that cover your feet completely, you will greatly reduce the risk of a bite. However, if you do experience a tick bite, there is no need to panic. Simply follow the instructions below to remove the tick immediately.

The best way to remove a tick is by using a set of fine tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the surface of the skin as possible and pull backwards gently using steady pressure. It’s important that you don’t jerk or twist the insect. You should also avoid squeezing, crushing or puncturing the tick as its bodily fluids could contain infection-causing organisms.

Once the tick has been removed, wash the area that was bitten with soap and water. You should also wash your hands thoroughly as well.

If you’ve experienced a tick bite, it’s important to remember that the risk of acquiring a tick-borne illness is very low, even if the insect is carrying an infectious agent. With that said, you should continually be watching for symptoms that may arise, such as a rash, fever, headache, joint pain or dizziness. If you do experience any of the above symptoms or have concerns regarding a tick bite, consider seeking medical care at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.