April 24 is World Meningitis Day. While meningitis is often something that people think of as only a condition that young people experience, it is vital for you as a family caregiver for your elderly parent to know that it can and does occur in people of all ages, and can be fatal. Learning about this condition enables you to understand what your parent might be facing so that you can give them the level of care that they need to either avoid this condition or to manage it properly if it does occur throughout their course of their later years.
Some things that you should know about meningitis include:
• Approximately one million people will experience meningitis throughout the world each year
• Each year approximately 4,000 people throughout the United States will contract bacterial meningitis
• There are around 500 deaths from bacterial meningitis in the United States each year
• Each year approximately 6,000 people throughout the United States will contract pneumococcal meningitis
• Each year approximately 2,600 people throughout the United States will contract meningococcal meningitis
• Approximately 10 to 15 percent of cases of meningococcal meningitis will prove fatal
• Another 10 to 15 percent of cases of meningococcal meningitis will lead to brain damage
• Meningitis affects people of all ages from infanthood to senior years
• This disease can progress incredibly quickly and cause death within 24 hours
• There are vaccines available that can help prevent some forms of this disease
• Treatment of the disease with proper antibiotics can improve chances of survivability to more than 85 percent
If your aging parent is at risk of this condition, it is critical to be vigilant and get them the medical attention that they need as quickly as possible. This can reduce the chances that they will suffer severe consequences and even death as a result of this disease.
Starting elder care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule that is tailored not just to the type of care that they need, but also the amount of care that you are able to give them. This means that whether your senior only has moderate care needs that are primarily based on assisting them with their activities of daily living and transportation needs, or are suffering more serious challenges and limitations that require extensive care and support each day. This care provider will devise a highly personalized approach to care, support, assistance, and encouragement that takes into consideration your elderly loved one’s individual needs as well as their personality, opinions, beliefs, and lifestyle goals. This enables them to live the type of lifestyle and quality of life that they desire and deserve, while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence, activity, and engagement as possible as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in Haddonfield, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.