Heart Failure affects over 5 million Americans and is the most common cause of hospitalization in people 65 and older. Fortunately, with advances in treatment and with in-home care services from Assisted Home Health, heart failure patients can control their condition and live longer, happier lives in the comfort of their own home.
Heart failure is not a case of the heart not working, but means the heart is pumping at a slower rate and is not supporting the needs of the other organs. Heart failure can be caused by many factors, such as heart attack, infection, alcohol or drug abuse or by conditions that overwork the heart like high blood pressure and diabetes.
There are many advantages of Home Health for CHF Patients, here are five:
Monitoring symptoms and medications is imperative in order to track CHF and reduce hospital readmissions. Weight gain and elevated blood pressure are signs that the patient’s CHF may be worsening and need to be reported immediately. Assisted’s ground breaking Enhanced Home Health program can help monitor these and other changes in symptoms with a series of touch points including home visits and tuck-in calls that can help identify these and other potential red flags.
It is suggested that CHF patients follow a heart healthy, low sodium diet to help manage fluid levels, usually with a sodium intake limit set to 2000mg a day. Oftentimes CHF patients are unable to manage the daily tasks surrounding meal prep and can benefit from an Assisted Home Health Aide. Our aides can handle various tasks including healthy meal preparation.
CHF symptoms like shortness of breath and fatigue can make what were once simple daily activities much more difficult to do. Occupational Therapists from Assisted Home Health can educate the CHF patient on ways to improve mobility, help restore maximum bodily function and help increase independence. Assisted Physical Therapists are also available to help patients with physician approved activities and exercises which can help improve symptoms, reduce stress and increase energy levels.
The debilitating symptoms of CHF often affect a patient’s ability to complete daily tasks. For patients who need additional help with day to day tasks, Assisted Caregiver Services is available as a supplement to home health services. Assisted Caregivers can offer support with tasks like errands, grocery shopping, housekeeping and help with dressing and personal hygiene.
Dorothy may have said it best, “There’s no place like home”. According to a recent study, nearly 90% of seniors fear moving from their home and losing their independence more than death itself. Receiving care at home is known to expedite healing and can help seniors live comfortably, remain engaged with their daily activities and allow them to age in place with dignity in the comfort of their own home.
If you or a loved one suffers from CHF and would like to learn more about Assisted Home Health or the services we offer, call 800-949-6555 or visit us at www.assistedcares.com.