The Flu and the Elderly: When Should You Call the Doctor?

The flu can be a very dangerous situation for an elderly adult.

These seniors tend to be more vulnerable than younger people due to lower immune systems, putting them at far higher risk of suffering illnesses and infections and the potentially serious consequences that can result from them.

As you are caring for your elderly adult, one of the most important things that you need to keep in mind is that this illness can become worse very quickly, leading to severe consequences, including death. It is vital that you pay close attention to the symptoms that your parent is suffering and know when it is time to call the doctor for further support so that your parents can have access to the care and management that they need as they deal with this illness and recovery.


Home Care Gastonia NC

Home Care Gastonia NC: Senior Flu Health


Call your parents doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms or changes while they are dealing with the flu:

  • A very high fever that does not respond effectively to normal treatment methods
  • A fever that lasts for 3 days or more
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath that is mild
  • New pain anywhere in the body
  • Worsened pain
  • Pain that develops in the ear, throat, or chest
  • Symptoms that quickly become more severe
  • Symptoms that do not respond effectively to normal treatment methods or those methods that are recommended by their doctor
  • If your parent experiences any of the following, contact emergency medical assistance immediately as it could be an indication of something very serious:
  • Serious difficulty breathing
  • Feeling out of breath or short of breath when they are not active
  • A severe headache
  • Sudden stiff neck
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Difficulty staying awake


Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your elderly parent during the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be there with your aging parent on a schedule that is fully customized not just to your parent’s individual needs and challenges, but also to the care efforts that you give them. This ensures that your parent gets all of the care, support, and assistance that they need while also keeping you at the forefront of their care routine.

The highly personalized services of this care provider are designed to help your parent manage their needs in the way that is right for them while also encouraging a lifestyle that is an independent, active, and engaged as they age in place. These can include assistance with personal care tasks, mobility support, help to keep the home clean and provide transportation to get your parent where they need and want to go on their own schedule.

If you or someone you know needs Home Care in Gastonia, NC, contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare.  We provide quality and affordable care for many disabled and elderly loved-ones in our community. Call us at (704) 323-5454 for more information.

About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.