December 1-7, 2020 is Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week. Maybe you’ve heard of these debilitating diseases. Maybe an elderly loved one has just been diagnosed. Maybe you’ve never heard the terms but want to know more about Crohn’s & Colitis.
Crohn’s and Colitis fall under the collective category of IBD, Inflammatory Bowel Disease. They are painful disorders and medically incurable, but relief treatments help to tolerate the pain and discomfort. They attack the digestive system causing symptoms that include:
- Abdominal pain
- Persistent diarrhea
- Blood in stools
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss
The diseases that fall under the IBD category are chronic, which means any steps taken are intended to alleviate discomfort and not to provide a cure. The difference between Crohn’s & Colitis is in what part of the digestive tract is affected.
Crohn’s disease attacks anywhere along the digestive tract, from the mouth on down through to bloody stools. Colitis is often referred to as Ulcerative Colitis. It inflames only the large intestine, or colon. The conditions affect each person differently. On top of the GI tract discomfort and pain, some also suffer with pain in the joints, skin, bones, kidneys, liver, and eyes.
Living with a painful chronic condition often requires medications and special diets. While this may be a way of life that your elderly loved one has learned to live with, when they start to need help to live independently in their own home, it will be an issue that needs to be addressed by their caregiver. The in-home caregiver may need to prepare nutritious meals that include soft, bland foods.
At Regency Home Care Atlanta, we understand the desire to live in your own home independently for as long as possible. We also understand what it means for the elderly to live with Crohn’s disease or Crohn’s & Colitis or other IBD issues. Our Senior Care Atlanta helps the aging and their family members enjoy a good quality of life, even providing transportation to and from appointments and helping with personalized care. Our caring team comes alongside to help family members and carry out doctor’s orders.
Contact us for more information on private duty and personalized home care in Atlanta. We are your partner in care to help with senior concerns including staying as healthy as possible for as long as possible. In home care Atlanta GA also helps with safe, reliable transportation to health-related appointments and procedures, running errands, and preparing nutritious meals to help ease digestive discomfort.
Trust the caring team of in-home senior care Atlanta for personalized care. Get individualized assistance for your aging loved one. Call the home health care in Atlanta experts at Regency Home Care at (678) 999-2446 to learn more today!