Welcome back to our Hiram-area assisted living and memory care blog where we strive to pass along our love and professional knowledge to all of you caring for special needs loved ones at home whether you provide senior assisted living services or memory care services to your loved one.
One of the things that matters most to you is the health of your senior loved one. Anemia can cause loss of physical abilities, functional deterioration, and hospitalization, so it’s crucial to be alert for its warning signs. There are symptoms you may look out for and ways to help your loved one treat anemia. Here’s an overview of anemia in seniors, and how professional senior living care can help manage their condition.
What Are Some Common Warning Signs of Anemia?
When the red blood cell count drops below normal, anemia can develop. Anemia is frequently brought on by blood loss, a decline in the production of red blood cells, or the destruction of red blood cells. Anemia can have a negative effect on one’s health because hemoglobin in red blood cells plays an important role in transporting oxygen to human tissues.
Anemia can have a negative effect on one’s health because hemoglobin in red blood cells plays an important role in transporting oxygen to human tissues. Some common symptoms of anemia include:
- Pale skin
- Breathing difficulty
Any of these symptoms should be taken seriously, even if they only “seem like what happens as you age.” If a member of your family displays these signs, call their doctor right away because anemia is treatable.
If your senior loved one is receiving care in our assisted living community, you know that we monitor for these symptoms. Our training has us all on extreme high alert anytime our dear resident’s medications are changed. It’s just one of the countless benefits of professional managed care.