Creating an Elder Care Plan for a Senior with Congestive Heart Failure

Elder Care in Arvada CO

Hearing that your aging parent has congestive heart failure can be a truly terrifying moment in your elder care journey. If you are not familiar with this condition it can sound as though your Elder-Care-in-Arvada-COparent’s heart has stopped or that it will be stopping very soon. It can sound like your parent is at risk of dying within a very short time and like there is nothing that you can do about it. This, however, is not the case. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart weakens to the point that it is no longer able to pump blood through the body at the rate that is necessary to support health. This causes fluids and waste products to build up in the body, and your parent’s body to not operate properly due to the lack of blood and nutrients flowing to the body.

Fortunately this does not mean that your parent can not enjoy a good quality of life. By creating an elder care plan tailored to the new needs and challenges of this condition you can help your parent maintain the best health possible so she can enjoy her aging years.

 

Use these tips to help you create an elder care plan tailored for your senior with congestive heart failure:

  • Educate yourself and your parent. The most dangerous thing that you can do after your parent receives any type of diagnosis is not know everything that you can. Spend some time educating yourself and your loved one about congestive heart failure and the treatment options that are right for her. This will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your parent, and help her to feel more at ease on this new journey.
  • Understand her condition. Talk to your parent’s doctor about her current health and wellbeing. Make sure that you understand how far her condition has progressed and what challenges she is currently facing. This will help you to recognize the most pressing needs for your care plan.
  • Revamp her diet. Eating a healthy diet is important for everyone, but after your parent receives a diagnosis of congestive heart failure you are going to need to be even more vigilant about what she eats. This is because most doctors will recommend dramatically reducing the sodium that she consumes. Sodium increases blood pressure, making the heart work harder, and causes even more fluid to build up in the body. Talk to the doctor about how much sodium your parent should eat in a day and get recommendations for how to cut it down.
  • Start a journal. Keeping track of your parent’s daily health is essential to ensuring that your elder care journey is tailored to managing her condition. This journal should include her daily weight, her blood pressure, her diet, and any new or worsening symptoms that she develops. Be sure to bring this information with you whenever your parent visits the doctor.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care in Arvada, CO, please contact Visiting Angels at 303-232-9999.

 

Sources:

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

http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/heart-failure/learn-about-heart-failure/symptoms-causes.html

http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_heart_failure.htm

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-failure/features/living-with-advanced-heart-failure

About Greg Elliott

Greg Elliott founded the Visiting Angels’ office in 2008 after a successful, twenty year career in pharmaceutical sales and management. The original office was located in Lakewood, and has since been relocated to Wheat Ridge to accommodate our ever-expanding team.

“Our goal is to allow Seniors to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The service that we provide is truly rewarding, and I love the time I get to spend meeting Seniors in our community.”

Greg is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently resides in Arvada, and loves spending time with his wife and son and their Australian Shepherd . When not at the office, Greg enjoys travel, skiing, golf and fly-fishing.

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