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Helping Seniors Recover from Pneumonia

Caregiver in Sun Lakes, AZ – Helping Seniors Recover from Pneumonia

Winter is cold and flu season, and this year has already been no exception. When seniors and infants have the flu,Caregiver in Sun Lakes AZ they often times have to be hospitalized for a short time. Unfortunately, combating the flu may leave the elderly much more susceptible to developing pneumonia. Pneumonia is an inflammatory lung infection that can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungi. It is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Lung Association.

Experts recommend pneumonia immunization for children and adults. Pneumonia can be developed even after receiving the vaccine, but duration and symptoms of the illness may be less severe. Symptoms of pneumonia may include cough, high fevers, mucous, and possibly shortness of breath.  Because it preys on weakened immune systems and pre-existing medical conditions, seniors are especially at risk for pneumonia. Flu season and hospital stays only increase the risk. Seniors with chronic respiratory issues or smokers are also susceptible to developing pneumonia.

Additional symptoms of pneumonia include:

  • Sharp/stabbing pain in the chest that worsens with breathing deeply or cough
  • Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue
  • Headache
  • Excessive sweating and clammy skin
  • Confusion, especially in older people
  • Symptoms may also vary depending on whether pneumonia is viral or bacterial.

Many cases can be treated with antibiotics and supportive care. Rest, hydration, nutrition, and basic monitoring for any respiratory changes are important as well.  An experienced, professional caregiver can be a tremendous asset in helping your loved one recover from pneumonia at home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Sun Lakes, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.












Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.