Respiratory issues can mean that your loved one needs to have more control over her own environment. One way to do that is by avoiding certain chemicals, smells, and substances.
Cleaning chemicals are often heavy and even if you aren’t able to smell them, they release chemical components into the air. Often this is masked with heavy fragrances, which can bring their own problems. Reduce your use of cleaning chemicals if your loved one has respiratory troubles. You can replace them with simple homemade equivalents or look for cleaning products that don’t contain fragrances and a variety of different chemicals.
Aerosol spray s release a fine mist into the air, which often consists of chemicals just like cleaning products do. In the case of aerosol sprays, however, the ultra-fine mist can make it easier for your loved one to breathe in whatever is being sprayed. If what you’re spraying is something like an air freshener, the chemicals involved can add even more problems.
Smoke from cigarettes and cigars is definitely not helpful for a loved one who has respiratory trouble. But that’s not the only source of smoke. Your loved one may be exposed to smoke from a fire pit outside or even a fireplace inside. Cooking smoke can also create havoc. Do what you can to minimize the amount of smoke your loved one is exposed to in order to help her avoid those complications.
Perfumes and Fragrances
Perfumes and fragrances are common in other products, such as cleaning supplies, but they’re also a common part of life in modern times. Air fresheners or even perfume that someone is wearing can all be a trigger for your loved one with respiratory trouble. Limiting the number of different fragrances your loved one is exposed to can help her manage them better.
Your loved one may have her own triggers that are individual to her situation. A dust allergy, for example, can be a trigger for your loved one’s respiratory issues when they aren’t a trigger for someone else. Do what you can to learn as much about your loved one’s individual triggers as you can so you can help her avoid them.
Let your loved one’s elder care providers know if there’s anything that they should avoid so that they can help your loved one keep a breathable environment.
If you or an aging loved one are considering in elder care in Cornelius, NC, please call the professional staff at Caring at Heart today at (704) 379-7510. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail