Comorbidities are health conditions that are present simultaneously in
a person. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease can be at an increased
risk of a range of co-existing health conditions. These can include both
infections and wounds. If you are concerned about your loved one’s
health, it may be time to consider relocating him or her to a memory care
location that provides comprehensive Alzheimer’s support services.
Falls are a leading concern among caregivers of senior loved ones—particularly
those who have Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals with Alzheimer’s
can experience balance impairment, which increases the risk of falls.
They may also experience agitation during the night, which may prompt
them to pace despite the poor visibility. Trauma injuries caused by a
fall may include head injuries and fractures, especially hip fractures.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections are common among individuals who lose bladder
control because of Alzheimer’s disease. These residents must have
a urinary catheter inserted. Although caregivers may follow strict safety
protocols, urinary catheters frequently prompt the development of urinary
Pressure ulcers can develop in anyone who suffers from significantly reduced
mobility. Individuals in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s disease
may require bedside care. They require positioning assistance at regular
intervals to prevent the formation of pressure ulcers, also known as bed
sores. Pressure ulcers can grow progressively worse if left untreated.
Eventually, they may lead to life-threatening infections such as sepsis.
Some residents with Alzheimer’s require feeding assistance because
they have difficulty swallowing properly. When the ability to swallow
is impaired, the individual is at risk of aspirating food or drink into
the lungs. This can cause life-threatening pneumonia.
Avalon Memory Care, your loved one will receive the proper Alzheimer’s and memory care
he or she deserves. Moving your loved one to our continuous care homes
means that he or she will have a comprehensive nursing care plan for dementia
in Irving. Our assisted living center may be reached at (214) 752-7050.