Tips for Preventing Infection When Your Parent is Injured

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Infections can occur very quickly and can be very dangerous, especially for older adults. Seniors tend to have immune systems that are lower and not as effective as those of younger people, which leaves them more vulnerable to infections and makes it more difficult for them to fight them off if they do contract them. Even seemingly minor injuries can develop an infection, which can then develop into sepsis, a potentially deadly response of the body to an infection that can strike within days of an injury.


Elderly Care in Fort Lauderdale FL: Senior Injury Infection Prevention

Elderly Care in Fort Lauderdale FL: Senior Injury Infection Prevention


If your parent suffers an injury, use these tips to help prevent infection:

• Wash your hands carefully before addressing the injury

• Look around the space where your parent was injured to identify any increased dangers, such as rust, glass, or contamination so you can bring them to the attention of the doctor if your parent needs further care

• Wash the area around the injury, but avoid washing the injury itself

• If there is any debris or foreign matter in the injury, do not attempt to remove it. Cover lightly and get your parent to a medical center for further attention

• Treat minor injuries with an antibiotic ointment if recommended by your parent’s doctor and cover with a sterile bandage

• Keep the area dry and clean, replacing the bandage daily or more frequently as needed

• Pay close attention to the area for signs of infection, which can include redness, swelling, drainage, and heat

• If you notice any signs of infection, get your parent to a doctor promptly


Can elderly care help?

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult is challenging, and you may encounter times when you feel that you are not fulfilling all of your senior’s needs, or that they would benefit from additional support and care. Whether this is because you live at a distance or have a schedule that is so busy that you feel you are not able to be with your parent as often as you would like to be, or you have challenges and limitations that keep you from handling all of their care needs as efficiently as they need, this can leave you feeling stressed and like you are not giving your parent what they deserve.

Fortunately, elder care can help. An elderly home care services provider can step in to fill any care gaps that might exist and offer your parent support, care, and assistance specifically tailored to your parent’s individual challenges and needs so that they can stay healthy, happy, comfortable, and safe while pursuing as much independence as possible. This not only improves their quality of life but also eases your stress and enables you to focus your time and energy on them in the best way possible.


If you or a family member are in need of hiring elderly care in Fort Lauderdale, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.




About the author: Liza Erazo, Administrator
Liza Erazo has recently joined the Star Multi Care team as Administrator of the Florida branch. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and transferred to Florida in 1996 to continue her healthcare career culminating a 10-year track in the cut-throat, New York Business Development market. She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star. Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups. She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County. Her family also remains a priority in her life. Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi