Asthma

by | Feb 29, 2024

At Parkwood Homecare, we understand the importance of proper management and care for those living with asthma. Asthma is a common respiratory condition on average affecting 1 in 13 people. There are several asthma symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness—signs that should not be overlooked, especially in the provision of Halifax home care and home care services in Nova Scotia.

 

What is Asthma?

The brain makes up about 2% of our body mass and consumes a significant 20% of the oxygen we breathe. Asthma, characterized by the inflammation of the bronchial tubes and increased mucus production in the lungs, can substantially reduce the amount of oxygen absorbed by the body. Understanding and managing asthma’s impact on overall oxygenation is crucial when providing effective home care services.

This involves not only addressing respiratory asthma symptoms but also ensuring that the brain and other organs are receiving sufficient oxygen to function optimally. Effective asthma management, which includes the use of asthma medication and strategies to reduce exposure to asthma triggers, becomes essential in maintaining the overall health and cognitive well-being of individuals under home care.

 

The Importance of Family Health History

Family health history is a key factor in understanding the risk of asthma as it can be hereditary. Adults, particularly those exposed to airborne chemicals in occupations such as farming, salon work, or manufacturing, are at an increased risk. Being aware of these risk factors is essential in managing asthma effectively within our home care services in Nova Scotia.

 

Who is Affected by Asthma?

Asthma affects both children and adults, but symptoms tend to be more intermittent in children and persistent in adults. Unfortunately, adult-onset asthma is often more severe, sometimes leading to higher mortality rates. This is partly due to asthma symptoms being overlooked or misattributed to other causes like aging or weight issues. It’s important not to dismiss symptoms like chronic wheezing or coughing and to seek medical advice promptly.

Early intervention is crucial. This often includes the use of inhalers and, if necessary, discussing alternatives like nebulizers or asthma medication with a healthcare provider. Our Parkwood HomeCare professionals are trained to recognize these early signs and provide the necessary assistance.

Factors increasing the risk of adult-onset asthma include being overweight, and life changes such as pregnancy or menopause. At Parkwood Homecare, we prioritize understanding these risks and incorporating them into our personalized care plans.

 

Personalized Care for Those with Asthma at Parkwood Home Care

Our goal at Parkwood Homecare is to ensure that individuals with asthma, especially in Halifax and other areas of Nova Scotia, receive comprehensive, compassionate care. We focus on managing asthma symptoms and medication effectively, ensuring a high quality of life for our clients. If you’re searching for “home care services Nova Scotia”, for your loved one, trust us to provide exceptional home care services tailored to meet the unique needs of those living with asthma.

Lorna MacMillan

Lorna MacMillan, President & Founder

Lorna MacMillan is the President and Founder of Parkwood Home Care. Lorna is a thought leader in the areas of Adult Ageing, Psychology and Adult Education . Through years of experience with seniors, individuals disabilities and a strong passion for helping others, Lorna was able to create Parkwood Home Care into the care service it is today.