August is Psoriasis Action Month, and we wanted to take a moment to support our clients, family members, and loved ones affected by this condition each day.
If you aren’t familiar, psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder. It causes itchy, inflamed, and irritated skin, often affecting older adults.
With over 8 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with psoriasis, we’re here to take action. Here’s what caregivers, CNAs, and nurses can do to support clients with psoriasis this month and every month.
Tips for Supporting Psoriasis Care as a Caregiver
Support Healthy Diet & Exercise Habits
As a caregiver, you can best support your clients by helping them understand how the disease impacts their bodies and lifestyle. Encourage them to support their skin health and reduce inflammation with a healthy, nutritious diet and simple exercise routines.
Ask About Medication Reactions
Some medications can irritate symptoms and trigger reactions in psoriasis patients. Sit down and talk about how they’re responding to the medications they’re on. If they’re experiencing any discomfort, pass this information on to their doctors.
Limit Stress & Encourage Self-care
Psoriasis isn’t just a skin condition — it affects a patient’s quality of life. Sometimes, it can hurt one’s self-esteem and functioning, leading to anxiety and depression.
One of the best things you can do is to practice empathy and be there for your clients. Help them cope with their symptoms and advocate for their needs by creating a low-stress environment and encouraging self-care.
Learn More About Psoriasis Care & Take Action
Healthcare is all about taking action — and no one teaches us this better than our inspiring caregivers, CNAs, and nurses at Home Health Companions.
This month, we urge you to learn more about psoriasis and how it affects your clients. As you do so, you can truly make a difference in the lives of others and discover even more satisfaction in your career.
Want to work with a team that makes a difference every day? We’re always looking for new caregivers to join our amazing team.