According to the American Heart and Stroke Foundations’ 2015 statistics, it’s not cancer that causes the most deaths in our country, it’s our hearts. It kills one person every 1.5 minutes and collectively costs us more than $320 billion to treat but why? Is it our fatty diets coupled with sedentary lifestyles or is it something else? Experts widely agree that it’s a combination of factors. The growing list includes the two items that we mentioned earlier along with other things, like a rise in diabetes and American’s continuing love affair with tobacco. So, what can home care professionals do to help stem the rising tide of heart disease and heart disease related deaths? We’ll tell you:
The American Heart Foundation offers a long list of ways we can all reduce our risk of developing cardiac problems. Swapping out our bad habits for good ones and taking medications to manage underlying medical conditions are tops on their list. Home care caregivers can help their patients achieve both of those goals by providing encouragement, preparing healthy meals and issuing medication reminders when needed. They can even join their patients on healthy walks and participate in light exercise routines to help provide motivation and support for those that don’t like to do those activities alone.
Now you’re probably wondering, “What about those people who already have heart disease? Can home care caregivers help them too?” In a word, “Yes.” They can provide the services we mentioned above to help improve patients’ heart health as well monitor them for signs of heart attacks and strokes. Plus, home care caregivers can be there for cardiac patients after they’ve had heart surgery or other related procedures.
To learn more, please contact us at Bigelow Family Home Care and take advantage of our introductory offer. We are capable of providing round-the-clock, confidential services including hospital one-to-one care and companionship. In addition, our professional staff can help coordinate billing with long-term care insurance companies, if needed. We also accept Veteran’s benefits, private pay and worker’s compensation insurance.