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How to Help a Loved One Diagnosed with AFTT

When an aging parent or loved one is diagnosed with Adult Failure to Thrive, or AFTT, you may find yourself wondering what you can do to help. Although AFTT can be a vague and frustrating diagnosis, that doesn’t mean the situation is hopeless. You can help your parent or loved one through this trying time by learning as much as you can about the condition and finding ways to contribute to his or her care. Here are some things you can do to help a patient with AFTT:

Investigate medications

Many older people are in a state of polypharmacy, meaning they take multiple medications for a host of different conditions. Side effects and drug interactions are sometimes overlooked by hurried physicians. Take the time to research medications and potential drug interactions that could be occurring. Your local pharmacy is a good place to start.

Encourage mobility

If your aging parent or loved is able to walk and move around, get him or her out of the house. Take walks, go shopping, eat out, or find other activities that bring joy. If field trips aren’t an option, find ways to interact on a smaller level. Talk, listen to music, play board games; human interaction is crucial for people of all ages.

Take notes

Write down all pertinent medical information. Keep a journal of your aging parent or love one’s symptoms, behaviors, and food, drink and medication intake. Don’t rely on your memory to recall these details. By keeping track of any changes, you will better be able to adjust the level and type care you’re providing which plays a large role in your loved one’s comfort and quality of life.

Consider home care

Annapolis home care providers offer services to those who have received an AFTT diagnosis. Under home care, an AFTT patient gets help from a team of experts who will address major non-medical concerns, provide companionship and support, and can help with light housekeeping tasks, medication reminders, transportation and more. In some cases, home care can rehabilitation patients to a higher level of independence.

While an AFTT diagnosis may begin a difficult and emotional journey for you, your loved one and your family, know that you do not have to do this alone. Home Care Assistance of Annapolis is here to help. We offer flexible hourly and live-in care Annapolis families trust, and have a team of dedicated and compassionate caregivers and Care Managers on-call 24/7. To schedule a complimentary consultation or to learn more about our in-home care services, contact us today at 443-302-2771.