Each year throughout the United States nearly 3 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries. While approximately 75 percent of these injuries are mild, such as concussions, there can also be very serious TBI. Approximately 30 percent of injury-related deaths list TBI as a contributing factor. Falls are the most common cause of such injuries, but they can occur from many other incidents as well. Being able to detect that your aging parent might have suffered such an injury is an important step in ensuring that they get the level of care that they need to help them overcome the injury.
Some of the signs and symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness for up to a few minutes.
- Feeling dazed.
- Confusion or disorientation.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Sleeping more than they usually do.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Loss of balance.
- Difficulty with speech.
- Blurred vision.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Strange taste in the mouth.
- Sensitivity to sound and light.
- Mood swings.
Signs and symptoms of a serious traumatic brain injury include:
- Extended loss of consciousness.
- Repeated vomiting or extended nausea.
- Persistent or recurrent headache.
- Dilation of pupils in one or both eyes.
- Loss of coordination.
- Inability to wake up.
- Clear drainage from nose or ears.
- Weakness in the toes or fingers.
- Numbness in the toes or fingers.
- Slurred speech.
- Profound confusion.
Starting elder care for your aging parent can be a fantastic way to enhance their quality of life, support their ongoing health and well-being, and encourage more independence and fulfillment as they age in place. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a schedule that is right for them and for you, allowing you to continue to give your parent as much care and support as you are able while also giving you more flexibility and freedom in your schedule to enable you to focus on your other obligations. This means that your parent will get everything that they need to stay healthy, happy, safe, and comfortable, and that you will experience less stress and a healthier lifestyle. Services the elder care provider can offer to your parent include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with activities of daily living, meal preparation, help with housekeeping tasks, mobility support, companionship, medication reminders, and more.
If you or someone you know needs elder care in Buffalo, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.
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