A Look at Conditions That Are Common in People with Alzheimer's

Memory Care Irving

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.

Trauma Injuries
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 tract infections.

Pressure Ulcers
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.

Pneumonia
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.

At 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.