Caring for Someone with GERD

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can be a huge problem for your aging family member. It can be so irritating to her that she might even stop eating, which can put her at risk of developing malnutrition.

Elderly Care Bellville OH - Caring for Someone with GERD

Elderly Care Bellville OH – Caring for Someone with GERD

What She Eats Matters

Everyone has slightly different trigger foods, but there are foods that in general make GERD worse. Foods that are high in fat content, like fried foods, or foods that have a stimulating effect can have a bigger impact than other foods. Spicy foods, caffeine, and acidic foods and drinks can all fall into that category.

When She Eats Matters, Too

If your elderly family member is eating bigger meals later in the day or before she tries to lie down, her experiences with GERD might be even worse. Smaller meals earlier in the day can be a key component in helping your senior to eat the foods she needs to eat and experience less pain from them.

Clothing Can Be Too Restrictive

Check your senior’s clothing, too. Most people don’t realize that even if clothing is fairly comfortable, it can still be a little too restrictive. Experiment with slightly looser clothing to see if that helps a bit. Belts, shaping undergarments, and tight pants can all be part of the problem.

Exercise Can Help

Exercise under the guidance of your senior’s doctor can be helpful, too. If she’s carrying a little bit of extra weight, that can put pressure on her abdomen that makes GERD worse. Losing even a few pounds can give her abdomen a little more room and reduce that pressure. Exercising too strenuously or too close to eating can worsen GERD symptoms, though, so timing can be really important.

Track Her Symptoms

Symptom tracking is always a good idea when your senior is trying to determine what’s going on with her health. Track what she eats, when she eats, and anything else that makes sense to track. As your elderly family member’s doctor recommends treatments, track how well those seem to do for her. Elderly care providers can help your elderly family member to keep up with tracking so that she doesn’t miss any data.

Your elderly family member may still need medications or other solutions to help her to deal with GERD, but these steps help her to determine how much she’s being affected. Work closely with your senior’s doctor to rule out potential causes and to find solutions that work well for her.

If you are considering Elderly Care Services in Bellville OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.