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At Home Elder Care Tips: Living With IBS

Feb 28, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Pleasanton

Comfort Keepers in Pleasanton, CA is dedicated to helping local seniors live independently, happily, and healthy, even when certain conditions have negative effects on their health and happiness. While there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Comfort Keepers at home elder care can assist your senior loved one with avoiding this condition and managing its symptoms.  

Stress can trigger IBS, so Comfort Keepers can help your parent remain relaxed with deep breathing, meditation and even yoga. In some circumstances, a professional can help them beat stress by examining how they respond to life events, and guiding them toward more effective responses.

Our at home elder care providers can also make sure your loved one incorporates more fiber into their meals, but it’s important to gradually increase the amount of fiber over the course of a few weeks. Certain foods can make IBS symptoms worse; your loved one should avoid chocolate, sugar-free sweeteners, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage or beans. They should consider avoiding high-fat, greasy foods like fast food hamburgers, baked goods or potato chips. These foods are often taxing on the stomach and intestines, raising the chances of cramping, diarrhea, constipation, and overall discomfort. Hydration is important, but there are some fluids which can worsen the symptoms. Alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, and other caffeinated drinks and carbonated drinks like soda aren’t good for IBS.

It’s not only important what your parent eats, but also how they eat. They should avoid eating too much in one sitting. Our at home elder care providers could prepare several smaller meals, so your loved one can digest them more easily. A caregiver can also encourage your senior loved one to eat slowly and properly chew their food before swallowing. This way they will allow their body to better manage digestion. A caregiver will also encourage your loved one to eat breakfast every day, which stimulates the colon and inspires the efficient movement of food through the body.

If your loved one suffers from IBS, at home elder care providers recommend they are prepared when going out for social engagements.  When they are attending an event, they should know the location of the nearest public restroom. Also, when going to a wedding, concert, or movie, they might want to sit at the back or end of the row so they have easy access to the facilities. Comfort Keepers caregivers will do everything in their power to help your senior loved one live their best life possible. Do not hesitate to give us a call and tell us how we can help your family.


Comfort Keepers of Pleasanton, CA proudly offers in home senior care services to the following areas: PleasantonDublinCastro ValleySan RamonDanville

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