Awareness is one of the most powerful tools that you can have as a family caregiver for an elderly adult. When you are aware of the challenges that your senior faces and the potential risks, you can better manage their care, address their symptoms, and ensure that they get the level of care that they need from their medical team. If your aging parent is at increased risk for heart failure, such as due to an existing heart condition or high blood pressure, or they have already been diagnosed with the condition, knowing the signs and symptoms of the condition can be an important part of ensuring that they are managing the condition well and knowing that you can get them to the doctor if necessary.
Some of the signs and symptoms of heart failure include:
- Shortness of breath during regular daily activities.
- Frequent or chronic coughing and wheezing.
- Swelling that indicates a buildup of fluids throughout the body.
- Fatigue or tiredness even when not involved in excess activities and when getting enough sleep.
- Lack of appetite.
- Impaired thinking.
- Increased heart rate.
It is very important when your parent is living with heart failure to pay close attention to their symptoms and make sure that you are keeping track of them. While suffering from one symptom may not be cause for concern, if your parent is experiencing more than one or their symptoms change drastically, it could be an indication that their symptoms have increased and they could be at serious risk.
If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult, you will need to make a wide variety of decisions for your parents. One of the best can be to start home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can fill care gaps, be with your parent on a regular basis, and help them to pursue their own care goals as well as supporting you and giving your parent the care that they need. This care provider can be there for your parent to provide safe and reliable transportation so that your parent can get to where they need and want to go for a more active and fulfilling lifestyle. They can also provide assistance with personal care needs and activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, dressing, meal preparation and eating, grocery shopping, housekeeping, and other tasks to help you or loved ones live the highest quality of life possible as the age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care in Hoover, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
They have three teenage children and are actively involved in their church and community – both teach high school Sunday school while Dennis coaches youth sports and Kelly leads a women’s Bible study. Dennis & Kelly personally manage the daily activities of the company.
It is their passion and commitment to providing quality and responsive service that has made their company the fastest growing home care agency in Birmingham.
They believe that being an independently owned and operated company gives them the flexibility to manage their business in a way that better serves their clients.
They understand you have a choice in care providers and they will do their utmost to earn your trust.
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