As a family caregiver for an elderly adult who has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, you are likely thinking about their future treatments and how those treatments will affect them.
You likely anticipate side effects to these treatments, but what you might not have anticipated is how these effects could impact your parent’s dental health. Dental health consequences are common among those living with cancer and going through treatments, which makes it critical for you to support your parent in continuing to care for their mouth while they are fighting cancer.
Some ways your parent can protect their dental health during cancer treatment include:
-Talk to your parent’s dentist as soon as possible after their cancer diagnosis to create a plan for dental health during the treatment
-Keep the dentist updated about any medications your parent is taking during their treatments. It is very important for the dentist to know if your senior is taking anti-clotting medications as this can lead to serious bleeding problems
-Point out any sore or irritated spots to the dentist. Mouth sores can develop quickly and become infected, which may delay cancer treatments. The dentist can help your parent cope with these sores and manage their care until they heal
-Ensure your parent brushes their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. They may need to brush more gently or use a soft brush to prevent injury to more sensitive mouth tissues during this treatment
-Ensure your parent continues to floss to remove contaminants from between the teeth, reducing the risk for decay and infection
-Encourage your parent to avoid foods that may be irritating to their mouth, including spicy, hard, crunchy, or highly acidic foods, or those with alcohol
-Remind your parent to rinse their mouth after eating or drinking. This helps to remove food debris and beverage residue and provides moisture to dry tissues
Helping your parent manage their dental health needs is just one way elderly care can help your parent throughout their later years.
Customized services, including personal care support, are designed to address you loved one’s limitations and challenges in ways that are respectful, dignified, and aimed toward helping your parent live a lifestyle they desire and deserve. When it comes to helping your parent protect their dental health, this care provider can include this type of care into your parents routine so it is predictable, model good behavior, and break down the task into small, easy steps your parent can manage individually before moving on to the next.
If you or an aging loved one is considering Homecare in Natomas, CA, or the surrounding areas please contact the caring staff at ApexCare®. Proudly Serving Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Solano, San Joaquin & Stanislaus counties. Call Today 877-916-9111
Since then, I have had a strong interest in helping and supporting our senior community as they age and are unable to care for themselves.Coming from a family of physicians, I am excited to be involved in the medical community by providing the highest levels of non-clinical in-home care to our clients and their families.With my work experience, I firmly believe that ApexCare can touch many lives and have a great impact on our local senior community.
Prior to joining ApexCare, I worked in a wide variety of industries and have owned multiple businesses ranging from construction to mortgage banking.Outside of work, I am an active youth soccer and basketball coach, having coached recreational soccer for over 8 years and elementary school basketball for over 4 years.I graduated with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.My career has been focused on building great organizations that deliver the highest absolute levels of service to our clients.I look forward to continuing this passion with ApexCare.
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