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How Can You Protect Your Parent from Congestive Heart Failure?

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Caregiver in Coral Springs FL: How Can You Protect Your Parent from Congestive Heart Failure?

Helping your parent avoid health complications and issues as they get older is one of your most important priorities as a family caregiver. Part of this is understanding the risk factors of major health issues and how you can help your parent to reduce those risks and lessen the chances that they will develop them.

One health condition that is particularly pressing among elderly adults is congestive heart failure. Occurring when the heart muscle weakens to the point that it can no longer pump blood effectively throughout the body, this condition can make a tremendous impact on your parent’s life and life. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 50 percent of those who develop the disease will die within the first five years after their original diagnosis. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to help protect your parent from this condition as they age.

 

Use these tips to reduce the risk that your aging parent will develop congestive heart failure:

  • Know their risk. Talk to your senior’s doctor about the individual risk factors that they have and how you can structure your care around reducing these risks. These can include certain types of medications that they take, other health complications and issues, and family history of certain medical needs. This can help you to give them the proper care according to their needs.
  • Discourage smoking. Use of tobacco can cause damage to the cardiovascular system, including the blood vessels, and increase the heartrate. This increases the chances that their heart will weaken to the point of failure.
  • Manage health conditions properly. If your senior is dealing with health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure, make sure that they know how to manage their condition properly and that they do what they need to on a daily basis to control these issues. This will help to keep the rest of the body protected from the strain of those conditions.
  • Encourage a healthy diet. What your parent eats makes a tremendous difference in their health and well-being. Encourage your loved one to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to ensure that their body has what it needs to function and thrive.
  • Keep them active. The heart is a muscle, and like the other muscles throughout the body, it needs exercise to stay strong and healthy. If your parent lives a largely sedentary lifestyle their heart will get weaker and less effective. Encourage your parent to live a lifestyle that is as active and engaged as is right for them.

 

If you are concerned about your aging parent’s risk factors for congestive heart failure and have been looking for ways to protect your senior’s health and reduce the chances that they will develop congestive heart failure, starting home care for them might be the ideal solution. An in-home care provider can be there with your elderly loved one on a customized schedule that is tailored to their individual needs, risk factors, challenges, and limitations, as well as the care routine that you have developed for them. This means that they get all of the care, support, encouragement, and assistance they need to keep their body healthy, manage their condition, and still pursue an active, engaged, and independent lifestyle as they age in place. This can include helping your parent to understand their specific risk factors and how those risk factors influence their health and well-being, as well as the lifestyle changes that they can make to reduce that risk and boost their health.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Coral Springs, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/docs/fs_heart_failure.pdf

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-failure/basics/prevention/con-20029801

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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