Did you know Pneumonia has an aggregate cost of nearly $10.6 billion for 1.1 million hospital stays? Queen City Elder Care’s expert caregivers are here to lend a helping hand to your loved on who may be suffering from pneumonia or the flu.
Signs of Pneumonia to look out for:
• Fatigue and confusion
• Fever, sweating and shaking chills
• Shortness of breath beyond usual
• Productive coughs
• Chest pain
Queen City Elder Care’s caregivers’ interventions for patients with Pneumonia include:
• Asking the client and observing breathing and lung status on every shift.
• Watch for chest pain when the client breathes or coughs
• Observing increased confusion above baseline
• Note coughing, which increases phlegm
• Electronically document a change in condition to facilitate care coordination.
• Remind the client of signs and symptoms of complications
• Encourage fluid intake and good nutrition especially protein
• Motivational exercises for deep breathing to expand lungs
• Observe nebulizer treatment and note reaction if difficult or challenging
• Medication reminders for nebulizers and other medications
• Gradual resumption of ADLs and energy conservation
• Keep client motivated by telling them the goal is to avoid hospitalization
• Care Coordination Program for Post-Acute Care