How to Beat the Summer Heat While Living With Respiratory Issues

  • By woodlandsllc
  • 13 Jul, 2017

How to Beat the Summer Heat While Living With Respiratory Issues - Woodlands LLC

Dealing with respiratory issues and breathing problems may be especially difficult during the allergy-inducing spring and hot summer months. Chronic lung conditions like asthma and COPD can make breathing more difficult in high humidity and temperatures. Taking precautions and making appropriate lifestyle modifications can help to take the burn out of the warmer months and allow you to breathe easy while participating in your normal activities.

How Higher Temperatures Affect Your Lungs and Breathing

The most common chronic respiratory issues and lung problems include asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People who suffer from heart problems, cardiac disease or stroke may also experience respiratory distress in extreme weather depending on circumstances.

Drastic changes in temperature or pressure, the increased presence of moisture in the air when humidity is high, and extremely dry conditions can aggravate existing lung problems , making normal breathing difficult.

Environmental triggers affect everyone differently. Warm and humid air can also stir up allergens like dust mites and mold, which can further aggravate sensitive lungs. Studies have found that, in addition to environmental allergens like mold, carbon pollution in warmer weather is especially harmful to children suffering from asthma.

How to Manage Respiratory Problems During Warmer Weather

If your asthma or COPD symptoms are triggered by hot or humid weather, take precautions to minimize the risk of aggravating your symptoms and keep your lungs clear during the summer months, heat waves and allergy season.

  1. If you also suffer from allergies, see a specialist to form the best treatment plan, and stick with it.
  2. Limit exposure to hot/humid air as much as possible. If you must go outdoors, avoid venturing out during the hottest part of the day.
  3. Maintain clean, cool air inside the home, and strive to keep the humidity under 50 percent.
  4. Monitor air-quality reports, and limit outdoor time when the pollution index is high.
  5. Eat a healthy diet, and speak to a specialist about a suitable exercise program.

For more information about managing your respiratory problems during the warm summer months and beyond, contact us to schedule an appointment with a respiratory specialist today.

By PatientPoint Launch 06 Nov, 2017

When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the attention and support the patient and family need is staggering.

For many patients and their loved ones, finding an outstanding Alzheimer’s caregiver is a life-changing experience. The expertise, comfort and peace of mind a great Alzheimer’s caregiver provides can’t be replaced by standard caregiving practices.

This November, as we celebrate Alzheimer's awareness, we also want to celebrate Alzheimer’s caregivers. We can do this by saying thank you, acknowledging their hard work and dedication, and by offering a token of gratitude.

Assisted living caregivers often provide 24/7 supervision and on-call care.

Patients in assisted living facilities (also called communities) are able to live with some degree of independence. However, caregivers are still on hand to help with daily activities like personal hygiene, dressing, mobility and more.  

Caregivers are also responsible for managing medication schedules, transporting patients to doctor’s appointments, and arranging social activities for members of the communities. This type of care is very personal, as the caregivers become a part of patients’ everyday lives and often come to feel like a member of the family.

Caregivers working in memory care units likely possess a higher degree of training and qualifications, as this type of care requires attention to specific needs of patients with advanced dementia. These caregivers will provide the same attention seen in an assisted living facility while also engaging residents in activities that stimulate the memory and help slow the progression of mental decline. These types of activities can include games, movies, music, arts and crafts, and more.

A typical day in the life of a caregiver working in memory care can vary. Generally, the caregivers have started prepping the day long before their patients wake up. They prepare medicine, change bed sheets, assist in bathing, and often endure physical and emotional pain--and they do it all with a full heart.

While attention to detail, a patient personality, a compassionate heart, and years of experience handling specialized patients is key to the role of a caregiver, what really makes the difference is a commitment to ensure that each patient receives the love and attention they deserve.

To experience this level of care, head over to Woodlands , where our specialized services meet the needs of each individual resident and provide the highest level of comfort.
By PatientPoint Launch 29 Sep, 2017

Seniors, especially, have a lot to gain from regular physical therapy. In fact, the potential of this alternative treatment option has created campaigns to spread awareness and disseminate information regarding physical therapy. October has been dubbed "National Physical Therapy Month," which makes it prudent to consider how it may help you or someone you love.

Celebrate in October

The primary aim of National Physical Therapy Month in October is to share and spread information related to the benefits of physical therapy as an alternative for long-term pain management. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) also strives to share information regarding the risks of opioids when managing chronic pain conditions. Physical therapy is a safe and effective option with many potential health perks.

Seniors Have Much to Gain

Anyone can potentially benefit from physical therapy treatment, as it is widely used for a host of conditions and injuries. Treatment has been found particularly effective with relieving lower-back pain, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Furthermore, studies show that it may alleviate most non-cancer related pain, without the side effects of prescription medication.

Seniors will find physical therapy advantageous for many age-related issues:

  • Improves balance and reduces fall risk.
  • Expedites recovery from strokes.
  • Helps with arthritis and joint pain.
  • Increases mobility.
  • Helps with blood circulation.

The Right Therapist Is Key

It is vital to have a comfortable and professional relationship with your physical therapist; don't make an appointment with the first practitioner you come across! Review online ratings, patient feedback, and local directories to expand options and find the best fit.

Some tips to find the right physical therapist for you include:

  • Go online to find local and highly reviewed physical therapists.
  • Check in with these providers to see what they offer.
  • Clarify costs and whether the physical therapist will cooperate and collaborate with your insurance carrier.
  • Directly ask who you will be treated by and ensure that you will be treated by the qualified, licensed practitioner you prefer to see.

Consider the many ways that physical therapy may help you and contribute to overall health and well-being. Check out the treatment options awaiting seniors at Woodlands LLC , and contact for consultation or more information.

By woodlandsllc 06 Sep, 2017
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