Awareness is one of the most important tools that you can use during your course as a family caregiver for your elderly parent. Understanding the risks that your parent faces can help you to better tailor your care toward reducing those risks or preparing yourself to care for your parent in the way that is right for them. November is COPD Awareness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about this disease and how it can impact your parent so that you can help them to manage their condition should it arise in their later years.

Some things that you should know about COPD Awareness Month include:

  • There are more than 30 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • It is estimated that half of all people who are living with the disease do not know that they have it
  • Nearly 25 percent of those who are suffering from COPD have never smoked
  • COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States
  • This disease occurs in all 50 states with Kentucky having the highest prevalence rate
  • The rate of prevalence in Kentucky is over 9 percent of the population
  • More than 120,000 people throughout the United States die each year as a result of COPD

If your aging parent is in need of additional care and assistance, or you feel that they would benefit from more support and companionship for a more active lifestyle, starting elderly care for them might be exactly what you are looking for. An elderly home care services provider can be there for your parent on a fully customized schedule to not only ensure that they are getting the care, assistance, and support that they need, but also to encourage a more active, engaged, and independent lifestyle as they age in place. A set of highly personalized services will be tailored specifically to their needs, challenges, and limitations so that your parent can address these in the way that is right for them. As a family caregiver it can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your parent is in good hands and getting everything that they need both when you are with them and when you are not. This can ease your stress and help you to focus your energy, attention, and resources in the most effective and efficient ways.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Burnsville, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.