9 Things to Include in a Holistic First Aid Kit for Your Senior Parent

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Items Every Holistic First-Aid Kit Needs in Prestige Home Care

Seniors often have concerns about how medications might interact and have side effects. In such cases, seniors may want to use holistic items. If you’re a family caregiver, help your aging loved one create a holistic first aid kit that includes the following items. 

1. Aloe Vera

Seniors who enjoy gardening may want to grow aloe vera plants, and family caregivers may want to put some in their loved ones’ first aid kits because this plant can treat burns and skin irritations. Your loved one can also freshen his or her breath with a drop of aloe vera gel on the tongue. 

2. Arnica

People have been using arnica for a variety of purposes since the 1500s. Recent research suggests it can aid in healing burns. Your loved one can also use it for soothing muscle aches and healing chapped lips. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Orlando families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation. 

3. Chamomile

Seniors who drink chamomile tea at night may find it helps them drift off to sleep. Chamomile tea can also be rubbed on joints hurting from arthritis. If your loved one has puffy eyes, a poultice made with chamomile can reduce the swelling in less than 10 minutes. 

4. Activated Charcoal

If your loved one brushes with a paste made from activated charcoal, his or her teeth can become much whiter. The thousands of tiny pores in activated charcoal trap toxins in the body. Activated charcoal can even be used to treat a hangover. 

5. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper can make the nose start running, which can be useful if your loved one is congested. Mucus often responds well to cayenne pepper, and this spice can even treat a dry mouth.

6. Comfrey

Your loved one can sip a cup of comfrey tea when his or her stomach is upset, and it can relieve the ailment. You can also make a comfrey poultice to stop inflammation. 

If you’re the primary family caregiver for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality at-home care, Altamonte Springs Prestige Home Care can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age.

7. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is great at opening up the body’s oxygen system. With the help of eucalyptus cream, your loved one can soften rough hands caused by winter weather or gardening.

8. Ginger

Ginger can relieve pain caused by arthritis, and it can also alleviate nausea. Eating ginger on a regular basis has even been shown to stop the common cold. 

9. Peppermint

Your loved one can stop throat tickles by sucking on a piece of peppermint candy. Rubbing peppermint oil behind the ears can relieve headaches. 

Keeping well-stocked first aid kits, including holistic ones, is essential for efficient in-home care. When considering elderly home care, families should make sure their senior loved ones have the resources they need to maintain their independence and remain healthy. Trusted in-home care professionals can assist seniors with daily tasks like cooking, bathing, and exercise, and they can also encourage them to focus on healthier lifestyle habits. We will work with you to create a customized home care plan that’s suited for your loved one’s unique needs. Call the Prestige Home Care team at 407-329-6613 today.

Author

  • Kimberly Miller

    Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida's hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly's dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career. Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly's primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being. The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly's resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.

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