Home Care Blog>In Home Care | January 17, 2019
Immunizations Are Crucial for Loved Ones | Comfort Keepers is an agency whose caregivers provide in home care services to seniors in Calgary. Years of experience in this kind of work have thought these caregivers a thing or two about the senior health. One people get old, their health gets so weak that even some seemingly-light issues can cause them serious troubles. For instance, even as common disease as influenza can result in the death of the senior.
The good news is that such issues can be easily prevented. The key lies in immunization, which is something Comfort Keepers recommend heartily. Of course, the caregivers aren’t the only ones who propose vaccination as a way of preventing pulmonary diseases; a big majority of the medical community is very much in favor of it.
Unfortunately, many seniors aren’t aware of this. In fact, the official data shows that a worryingly small percentage of seniors actually go through the vaccination. The most recent stats show that only 66% of the people aged over 65 have gone through the vaccination for influenza. The things are even worse when it comes to other diseases; the percentage of those who went through anti-pneumonia vaccination is 46%, while the vaccination for shingles was done by only 16% of the elderly citizens.
What’s So Worrying About Immunization?
One of the main reasons why people decide not to go through immunization is that they’re worried about the side effects. However, judging by the experience of the caregivers providing in home care services, the side effects are pretty light in most cases.
And even if the side effects are serious, there can’t go anywhere near to the consequences that can occur as a result of non-vaccination. Considering that pulmonary diseases are the eight leading cause of death among Canadian citizens, immunization definitely is the better alternative.
At Comfort Keepers®, we create individual care plans for every client. These plans include wellness goals that consider physical, mental and emotional health. Our caregivers can help support physician-prescribed diet and exercise plans, provide medication reminders, provide transportation to appointments and help seniors engage in the activities they love the most. And, our caregivers can help senior stay connected with loved ones through video chats, phone calls and care updates. We believe that every senior should experience the best in life.