Mar 15, 2018 by Lisa Carson RN, BSN
There are more than 14 million seniors in the US who have kidney disease, but not all of them know it. Kidney disease can be difficult to detect because the symptoms mirror those of many other health conditions.
To determine if you or your elderly loved one has kidney disease, a doctor can perform basic screening tests. If kidney disease is found, a nephrologist will conduct an evaluation and recommend lifestyle changes or medications that can slow the progression of this condition.
Since the symptoms are so subtle, kidney disease often goes undiagnosed. Therefore, it’s important to understand the said symptoms so that you can consult a doctor if you or your senior loved one consistently experiences any of them.
Additional fluid in the body, which can build up in the lungs and anemia, can lead to shortness of breath. Shortness of breath is often seen in the later stages of kidney disease. Experiencing shortness of breath can be scary for anyone, especially older adults who live alone. It can cause panic and anxiety attacks. At home senior care can help bring peace of mind to your loved one and other members of your family knowing a professional in home caregiver is there to help with all the aspects of daily living.
Swelling in the hands and feet is also called edema. And it’s something that many seniors experience. It can be caused by medications, diabetes, eating too much salty food, or kidney disease. Decreased kidney function can cause sodium retention which may lead to swollen feet and ankles. Swollen feet and ankles can also be a symptom of chronic leg vein issues, heart disease, or liver disease. Exercise is a great way to reduce the swelling and keep veins strong. However, seniors who live alone can struggle with exercise. At home senior care providers are a great resource for older adults that need encouragement or help to get regular exercise.
When the kidneys begin to fail, a buildup of wastes or anemia which is a shortage of red blood cells can lead to feelings of weakness or fatigue.
Due to the fact that kidneys handle urine, changes in urination are often a sign of kidney disease. Some examples of these urination changes include urine with traces of blood, urine that comes out foamy or bubbly, overwhelming urges to urinate in the middle of the night, and difficulty attempting to urinate.
Anemia and kidney disease may make someone feel cold even when they are surrounded by warmth. In addition, pyelonephritis or kidney infection may lead to fever and chills.
A consequence of waste buildup in the blood is a bad taste in the mouth. In some cases, a bad taste in the mouth is the result of medications used to treat kidney stones, high blood pressure, and arthritis.
Seniors who reside in the Lubbock, TX area can stay comfortably independent with the help of at home senior care. If your love one could benefit from having a Comfort Keepers caregiver contact us today to discuss a custom care plan for your loved one.