Taking care of your heart is one of the most important things that you can do. Living heart healthy and being aware of the signs and symptoms of heart problems can decrease potential health threats. When a person is affected by congestive heart failure they need special care that the staff at Professional Caretakers can provide.
Individuals with the disease often need help with daily tasks, such as preparing meals, getting dressed and running errands and light housekeeping. With this illness, it’s also critical that careful attention is given to managing medication, since the condition can get worse if medication isn’t administered properly.
What is Congestive Heart Failure?
Congestive heart failure happens when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to support the body’s needs. Heart failure is often a long-term condition, but can also come on suddenly. The most common causes of heart failure include coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart, or high-blood pressure that is not well controlled.
With this illness, it’s also critical that careful attention is given to managing medication, since the condition can get worse if medication isn’t administered properly.
Some statistics about congestive heart failure:
- CHF affects about 5.1 million people in the United States.
- Symptoms often include shortness of breath during daily activities, having trouble breathing while lying down, weight gain, swelling of feet, legs, ankles or stomach and feeling tired and weak.
- Risk factors for developing CHF include: high blood pressure; diabetes; smoking; sedentary lifestyle; eating foods high in fat, cholesterol, or sodium; and obesity.
- Groups at higher risk of developing CHF include: those age 65 and older; African-Americans; men; people who are overweight; and people who have had a heart attack.
Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure
If you have CHF, your physician will monitor you closely and have regular follow up visits. There are non-medical and medical treatments for CHF that often go hand in hand.
It’s also important to keep records and watch for changes in your weight, heart rate, and blood pressure. Weight gain, especially over just a few days can be a sign that the body is holding onto extra fluid and heart failure is progressing. It is also important to watch the amount of salt you are eating.
Professional Caretakers staff can be supportive in helping take vitals and also prepare meals that are low in sodium and support a healthy heart.
Other important changes to make to your lifestyle when CHF is diagnosed are:
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol
- Be active
- Lose weight
- Rest after exercise, eating, or other activities
In-Home Care Services for Congestive Heart Failure
While congestive heart failure is a serious medical condition, with medication and lifestyle changes prescribed by a physician, it can be managed at home. We hire and train our caretakers to help those with CHF monitor their symptoms and manage their health, and to help our clients with CHF be as independent as possible.
Our trained staff members provide specialized care for clients with CHF that include:
- Ensuring that medications are taken regularly and monitored closely.
- Preparing meals that comply with critical dietary restrictions of sodium, saturated fat and/or cholesterol.
- Encouraging physical activity as recommended by a physician.
- Monitoring and helping record symptoms.
- Helping with bathing, grooming and personal care.
- Providing light housekeeping.
- Scheduling appointments and providing transportation.
If you or your loved one has CHF, and you need a little help with preparing meals, monitoring medication, symptoms, or exercise, or just a hand with household chores, our caretakers can help.
Call 877-921-9500 or complete the form on the right to get in touch and see how we can help provide the best care for your loved one.