Psoriasis is a relatively common skin disorder. Simply because it impacts over 7 million people throughout the United States, and is considered the most common autoimmune disorder in the country, it does not mean this condition does not have a serious effect over those suffering with it. The red, patchy scales created by skin cells rising to the surface of the skin quickly can be a very itchy, tight, uncomfortable, and even painful. As a family caregiver, however, you should know that the impact of psoriasis goes beyond the physical discomfort. Approximately 60% of those living with psoriasis report that the condition impacts their daily life, including their emotional well-being. Helping your senior to cope with the emotional impact of psoriasis should be an important element of your care approach. This emotional impact can be very difficult, and as stress is one of the most common triggers of psoriasis, can actually lead to worsened symptoms.
Use these tips to help your senior deal with the emotional impact of psoriasis:
- Many people living with psoriasis feel helpless because of the prevalence and frequency of their symptoms. Help your parent to feel more in control of their condition by working with them to identify their personal triggers. Remember that each person’s experience with the disease is different, meaning what triggers one person may not trigger another. It is important to evaluate your senior’s symptoms, and use that to identify the environmental and lifestyle influences that can cause and worsen their symptoms so your parent is better able to avoid them.
- Reassure your parent that you love and respect them regardless of the symptoms they are experiencing. Many people with psoriasis are embarrassed about their scaly skin, and may feel as though you no longer love them or want to care for them. Reassuring them that you don’t care what their skin looks like, even during a flare, can make them feel better about themselves.
- Sit down with your parent and their doctor to discuss their psoriasis, and what they should and should not do in their daily life. Many people with psoriasis have misconceptions about the types of things they shouldn’t do, particularly when experiencing a flare. Finding out they can be more active and engaged than they thought can help your parent to feel less negatively impacted by their condition.
- If the appearance of their skin causes serious discomfort for your parent, help them to find ways to cover the affected areas while still feeling comfortable and attractive in their clothing.
As a family caregiver, you likely focus a tremendous amount of energy and attention on helping your parent to stay physically safe and healthy. While this is extremely important, you should not overlook the value of their mental and emotional health as well. Preserving mental and emotional health, supporting a good outlook, and encouraging fulfillment in their quality of life are all vital for helping your parent stay motivated to take care of themselves, and to stay active in their daily life. Starting home care for your aging parent can be a valuable way to help them boost and maintain better mental and emotional health and well-being throughout their later years. An in-home senior care services provider can achieve this through a variety of customized services, including providing transportation so they can take care of more of their own errands, participate in activities and outings, and maintain more social engagement, helping them to find topics that interest them so they can learn more about them, and even just providing companionship and emotional support so they feel validated and less alone.
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