Mar 8, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick
The symptoms of kidney disease are subtle and often go undiagnosed. This can be very dangerous and senior care at home should focus on helping older adults make all doctor's appointments and screen for chronic and life-threatening conditions like kidney disease.
Much of senior care at home focuses on treating, curing and managing already diagnosed chronic conditions. Unfortunately, this can completely sideline prevention of other chronic conditions like kidney disease.
If you have recently become in charge of your loved one's senior care at home, you know how difficult it can be to manage all your loved one's medical and non-medical needs. You know how easy it is to get stuck in a rut of just making sure you are managing their heart disease or diabetes or mobility issues. You may not even know kidney disease is prevalent among seniors.
However, the sad fact is that once your loved one's health has been compromised by a chronic condition, they are much more prone to developing others. Kidney disease is one of those illnesses. For example, a senior with a few preexisting conditions may be taking up to 20 prescription drugs at a time, which can take a massive toll on the kidneys.
What makes kidney disease very difficult to diagnose is that its symptoms are very subtle. A person may have kidney disease for years and have no idea. Kidney disease symptoms are also often misdiagnosed as being caused by another illness.
One of the most common kidney disease symptoms is changes in urination. These may include bloody, foamy or bubbly urine, but it could also include infrequent or too frequent urination. An individual may also start experiencing weakness or fatigue as their kidneys begin to fail. This comes about as waste builds up in the bloodstream.
As the kidneys become less able to filter out sodium, an individual may begin experiencing swelling in their lower extremities. Fluid may also be retained in the lungs, causing shortness of breath - a symptom often misdiagnosed as caused by cardiovascular disease.
The great thing about professional senior care at home is that your loved one's caregiver will be with them and able to notice any of these symptoms should they arise. They will react quickly, helping your loved one stay as healthy as possible and giving you peace of mind.