For many years, Hepatitis C was thought of as one of those diseases that only drug addicts or other “unsavory characters” get. It was seen as something dirty, something that can only happen because of your own bad lifestyle choices.
Now, though, it has become clear that this is not true. There are many ways to get hepatitis C, and in fact, it is most common in people born between 1945 and 1965. This means that the aging loved one that you care for might be in the risk category, even though they are probably not an “unsavory character” in the slightest.
The symptoms of hepatitis C are mostly non-existent in the early stages, but as it progresses, you or your senior care aide might notice things such as jaundice, dark urine, or an unusual fatigue in your loved one. In addition to knowing these symptoms, though, it is also helpful to know some of the causes of hepatitis C, so that you can know if your loved one is at risk.
Here is a list of some of the most common causes:
If your aging loved one’s history involves any of these risk factors, you and your senior care aide should keep an eye out for symptoms of hepatitis C. The sooner you catch it, the better chance there is of your loved one making a full recovery.
For more information about how the caregivers at La Jolla Nurses Homecare can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 858-454-9339. We are a home care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in La Costa, CA, and the surrounding communities.