March is recognized as National Kidney Month, and this year’s campaign is focused on educating the senior population about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), how to prevent the disease as well as how to prevent other kidney-related health problems. In keeping with the campaign’s theme, Home Care Assistance of Omaha wanted to share 3 simple tests which seniors can undergo to check for kidney disease.
1. Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, a measurement of 140/90 or higher, is the second most common cause for kidney disease. While high blood pressure often causes CKD, it can also be a symptom. Therefore, it is important that seniors receive routine blood pressure screenings to ensure appropriate blood pressure levels are maintained and mediation is provided if levels become too high. By keeping blood pressure under control, your aging loved one can lower their risk for kidney disease as well as heart and blood vessel disease and stroke.
This test can be done by a senior’s primary care physician and is conducted by checking a sample of urine for a handful of things including the amount of protein, red and white blood cells. A high measurement of these three items in particular can indicate kidney disease, as red and white blood cells are not normally found in the urine, and high levels of protein in the urine often signify early signs of kidney disease.
3. Glomerular Filtration Rate
The Glomerular Filtration Rate, also known as GFR, is the best way to measure kidney function. The GFR measures how well the kidneys are working to remove waste from the blood and is combined with other factors such as age and gender to provide an accurate reading. Because the early stages of kidney disease often have a normal GFR reading, it is important that your aging loved one stays up to date on medical appointments to ensure overall health, especially if kidney disease is common in your family.
Early detection of Chronic Kidney Disease is vital for seniors in terms of getting the right treatment and for positive outcomes. If your aging parent or loved one is unable to drive to their doctor appointments and you are unable to provide accompaniment, consider help from Omaha hourly care services. Whether help is needed a few hours a day or 7 days a week, highly trained and professional caregivers can provide your loved one with reliable transportation to medical appointments, and can assist with activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning and mediation reminders.
If you would like to learn more about our tailored care plans, high-caliber caregivers or if you would like to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, contact Home Care Assistance of Omaha today at 402-763-9140. A Care Manager will be more than happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.