Having a diagnosis of heart disease can have an unexpected physical and emotional hurdle which not only were you not expecting but now you have to overcome it on a day to day basis. You are totally overwhelmed with the physical restrictions and new medications. Luckily you don’t have to deal with it all on your own. Home care services can help you through the maze which is now your new life.
A caregiver provides services to people for a variety of heart issues, some of which include:
- A patient who has had a heart attack
- If the person has been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, angina or hear failure
- If the person has had a valve surgery or a coronary bypass
- If the person has had a stent, pacemaker, a coronary intervention, or an implantable cardioverter defibrilator.
- If the patient has a family history which is strong in risk factors for heart disease
What can a caregiver do for you? What are the benefits? How do home care services work, and are they right for you?
- Because you may have lost full physical function temporally, it’s recommended you rest and only do light activities when you first go home. This may include walking up and down the stairs a couple times a day and taking a short walk. The cardiac home care will help you to strengthen your muscles by increasing the amount of exercise you’re permitted to do safely because of their supervision.
- You will be having your blood pressure monitored, a health assessment evaluation, nutritional recommendations, medication management by a team of doctors; nurses, dietitians and pharmacists all working together to get you healthy again.
- You will have help with daily activities such as dressing, meal preparation and light household chores. This lets you focus on what is most important; your recovery.
- Because a heart attack may affect you not only physically but emotionally as well, the caregiver is there to council you and listens when it’s needed. The cardiac care provider knows to look for depression, anxiety and stress and helps you through any of these problems as well. They will help you to better understand what your heart condition is all about, help to reduce any fears you may have about the condition and help you to adjust to the new lifestyle changes that are necessary for your health.
Home Care Services can help give you support as you make a full recovery and with their help, reduce your health complications in the future. By eating correctly, exercising, taking your medications on time and correctly, you can live a full and happy life.
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