In New Zealand asthma mortality rates and hospitalization are the highest amongst individuals aged 65 years and over. Asthma attacks can be dangerous as seniors have a significantly higher risk of respiratory failure, which is why it’s so important to accurately monitor adherence. If you’re a caregiver for an elderly parent, grandparent, relative, or friend, you know how important it is to help them manage their asthma, so they’re able to live a full and comfortable life.
If you are caring for an elderly relative or friend who has asthma, here are a few tips to ensure they have the best control over their asthma
1. Help them understand their asthma
One of the best ways you they can support an elderly relative or friend in managing their asthma is through education. Enable them to have access to information to help them understand their asthma, what triggers their asthma, and how to manage and identify symptoms effectively. This will ensure they better adherence and self-management.
If your patient has dementia or memory problems, you may need to take a more active role in helping them identify, understand, and manage their symptoms.
2. Regularly check in with their doctor
Visiting the doctor regularly is key to successful asthma management. Regular doctor's visits where you discuss adherence and other options will help you to make necessary adjustments. You can help your elderly relative make and keep their doctors appointments if organising or mobility is a problem.
3. Use the Smartinhaler™ sensor and app
Many older patients forget about their asthma medication. There might be several reasons for this, which could relate to other medical conditions or a full schedule or difficulty remembering the schedule. Missing doses greatly reduces the impact of asthma medication, which can have unpleasant and sometimes dangerous consequences.
Because you can’t be with your elderly relative all the time, using the Smartinhaler™ sensor will help you track and manage their dosage. The Smartinhaler™ app syncs automatically with the Smartinhaler™ sensor, which you place on their inhaler. The app gives a person better access to their medication history, so they can better monitor their own dosage. It also gives them accurate information they can share with their doctor.
Adults who use Smartinhaler™ products are 60% less likely to have an asthma attack. For an elderly person, this could be the difference between life and death.
Caring for an elderly relative can be a big responsibility on top of your own life. Use tools like the Smartinhaler™ sensors and resources like your family doctor to help you make it as simple and stress-free as possible. Learn more about how Smartinhaler™ products can help.