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How to Make Your Loved One’s Home Asthma-Friendly

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Senior Care in Katy TXIf your loved one suffers from asthma, you know how painful, disruptive, and irritating their symptoms can be. Some days, their asthma symptoms may even prevent them from doing the activities the enjoy. Unfortunately, asthma, when not well managed, can lead to a decrease in quality of life. As a caregiver, you always want to see your loved one doing the things they love and feeling great. The truth is that this is still possible even when your loved one suffers from asthma. One of the most important things you can do is encourage your loved one to go to all of their scheduled doctor visits and follow through with the treatment plan recommended by their doctor. This includes taking all medications properly. In addition, there are some ways you can help them to prevent asthma attacks and symptom flare-ups at home. In fact, just by making a few simple modifications, you can make their home more asthma-friendly. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Keep The Bed Allergen-Free

Indoor allergens such as dust mites can trigger your loved one’s asthma symptoms. Unfortunately dust mites can live in virtually any type of fabric. One way you can cut down on your loved one’s exposure to dust mites is by covering their mattress and pillows with allergy-proof covers. In addition, it is very important to wash their sheets, pillowcases, and blankets once a week in hot water.

Avoid Using Products That Have Strong Odors/Fragrances

Many household products such as air fresheners and cleaning products are highly scented and can release irritants into the air. These irritants may make it harder for your loved one to breathe and they can trigger asthma attacks. Instead, try using natural cleaning product such as baking soda or vinegar to clean the home safely. In addition, it is a good idea to also avoid highly scented cosmetics like perfumes and lotions which can also trigger asthma symptoms.

Eliminate Mold

Mold is another allergen that can trigger asthma symptoms. Be sure that your loved one’s home is free from mold by keeping it dry and well ventilated, especially in moister areas like the bathroom or basement. If you do see mold, scrub it clean with water, soap, and vinegar. If dampness is an issue in certain areas of your loved one’s home, consider using a dehumidifier.

Source: http://asthmaandallergies.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Older-Adults-with-Asthma-Checklist-Version-B-PDF.pdf

 

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Donna Wrabel, LMSW

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