Lots of symptoms become more difficult to manage for your senior as she gets closer to the end of her life. Nausea is just one of the things that your elderly family member might be battling.
Hospice Care Providers Can Help Her to Take Medications
Your senior’s doctor might prescribe a variety of medications to help your senior to manage her nausea. Some of them may be oral medications, but others might be intravenous. This is a lot easier to handle with hospice care providers as part of your senior’s medical team. They can ensure that she’s taking the right medications to help her and to keep her comfortable.
Fresh Air Can Help
Opening a window, even just a crack, can help quite a bit. The feeling of fresh air moving through the room can help to ease nausea. If opening a window isn’t an option, then using a fan in the room, even a small fan, can be a good substitute. In warmer weather, it might help to use the air conditioning and to have blankets handy in case the temperature is too cool at times.
Loose Clothing Is a Good Idea
Tight clothing can feel restrictive, especially around your senior’s midsection. This can make nausea symptoms even worse and keep your elderly family member uncomfortable. Looser clothing that isn’t constricting your senior’s movements may help her to feel more comfortable and ease the nausea symptoms a bit.
Strong Smells May Be a Problem
For some people, strong smells can be a major contributing factor to nausea. This can include things like perfumes and skincare products on the people around your elderly family member as well as cooking smells and cleaning chemicals. Limiting anything that’s a strong smell or paying attention to how your senior feels around certain smells can help. Hospice care providers can help your senior with cleaning around the house so that household smells don’t get out hand and overwhelm your senior.
Experiment with Meals and Snacks
If there are foods that your elderly family member can eat still, try to offer those a little more often. Smaller meals and snacks more often during the day might be helpful, too. Experiment with temperature, too. Hot foods and drinks might be soothing, or they might make the nausea worse. The same could be true for cold foods and drinks.
Managing nausea for your senior at the end of her life may be more difficult at some times than at other times. What helps now might actually be a nausea trigger at another point.
If you are considering hospice care in Marysville, CA, for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at PIC Comfort Care today. Call (530) 885-9948.
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