More and more children and grandchildren are caring for seniors with hemorrhoids. This article on caring for seniors with hemorrhoids was inspired by a close friend who became the primary caregiver for an aging parent. My friend “Wendy” found herself in the position of being responsible for the care of her aging mother. Her mother lives on a fixed income of around $ 1200 a month and has Medicare.
There was not enough money to hire home health aides, certified nursing assistants or custodial care workers. Being an only child “Wendy” took on the responsibility of caring for her mother. She could not afford to quit her job, so she arranged to pay neighbors to look in on her mother when she was at work during the day. When she got home she became the primary caregiver. This worked out fine until her mother developed a case of hemorrhoids.
The hemorrhoids were treated by a doctor through Medicare, but there was going to be a recovery time to heal from hemorrhoid laser surgery. This mean “Wendy” would have to take her vacation days off to care for her mother. Neighbors were not going to help out when it came to dealing with a non-relative that was healing from hemorrhoid treatment. Caring for seniors with hemorrhoids takes patience and special hemorrhoid products.
The Medicare doctor provided a list of over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams that would help with pain and promote healing. After that “Wendy” was left on her own to figure out the rest. My close friend asked for my advice since I was a former hemorrhoid sufferer and now a contributing writer for a hemorrhoid blog. I have read lots of emails and done research on many topics that deal with treating and curing hemorrhoids.
In her mother's hemorrhoid case mobility was an issue. Hydraulic lifts fitted with comfort slings with a commode opening make moving seniors easy and comfortable for both the patient and caregiver. This allows for complete access to the rectum and anal cavity where hemorrhoid medication needs to be applied.
These devices also make using the restroom and keeping the healing area sanitary much easier than trying to move a senior with mobility issues. One of the largest dangers to seniors healing from hemorrhoid laser surgery or other hemorrhoid treatment is infection.
Not being able to apply the needed hemorrhoid medication and keep the healing area clean can lead to worse health problems. Lifts and comfort slings with commode openings take care of this concern. Most people caring for seniors with hemorrhoids are handling the job alone, so a lift and comfort sling allow one person to the do the job of two. Plus the senior is safe and secure in a position that allows for proper hemorrhoid treatment to occur.
Hemorrhoid cushions are an absolute must when stimulating and curing hemorrhoids. Seniors and any hemorrhoid patient need support of the buttocks area to promote healthy blood circulation, ease pain and allow for separation of delicate tissue damaged by hemorrhoids. Reducing friction with comfortable seating support speeds up healing after hemorrhoid treatment is done. Hemorrhoid cushions and seats are affordable and should be one of the first items you buy if you are caring for a senior with hemorrhoids.
“Wendy” took on a tough role as primary caregiver and was able to provide her mother the care she needed without going broke paying for in-house home healthcare. She was open and honest with me explaining it was not easy at all. No child wants to see their parent in certain positions and hemorrhoid treatment is not pretty. Caring for seniors with hemorrhoids takes patience and understanding on both sides. The most important thing is to have hemorrhoid products in the home that make the job easier.
Medicare can only provide so much support when caring for seniors with hemorrhoids. If a parent or grandparent is on a fixed income most likely there will be financial and elderly care responsibilities you will have to take care of on your own. “Wendy” did feel a financial pinch paying for a hydraulic lift and sling, plus other products that included a hemorrhoid cushion and sitz bath.
I'm glad to share that in the end her mother made a full recovery from hemorrhoid laser surgery. Her mother now can move around by herself without discomfort or pain. Even now that the woman does not hemorrhoids she still likes to use the hemorrhoid cushion on her favorite chair.