Heart Failure Home Care
When you or a loved one is at risk for or recovering from heart failure, it can introduce many new medical considerations into your lives. From new medications to revised dietary guidelines, there’s a lot to navigate. BrightStar Care can help you find your footing with the information that follows, as well as with our robust services designed to provide the clinical expertise of a nursing care plan for heart failure within the comfort of your own home.
When Do You Need a Heart Failure Care Plan?
Heart failure, also known as congestive or chronic heart failure, or just CHF, occurs anytime the heart isn’t pumping blood as well as it should. With this condition, blood and oxygen do not move through the body well. This can result in fluid build-up in the body, including the lungs, where it can cause trouble breathing.
Your parent may be at risk for heart failure if he or she had a heart attack in the past, has high blood pressure, or has problems with heart valves, perhaps related to an infection or virus.
Symptoms of heart failure include the following:
- Sudden weight gain
- Feeling light-headed, dizzy, and faint
- Swelling in feet, ankles, or belly
- Dry hacking cough, especially at night
- Loss of appetite, nausea, or bloating
- Tired, run-down feeling
- Shortness of breath, especially with activity or when lying down
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, or have already experienced heart failure, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about developing a heart failure care plan.
The BrightStar Care Approach to In-Home Care Plans for Heart Failure
At BrightStar Care, a Registered Nurse creates and supervises every client’s heart failure care plan-something you won’t find from other home care providers. Nurse supervision helps you get the best possible care when it comes to medications, diet, and exercise.
Our locally owned and operated home care agencies are Joint Commission accredited and follow the National Patient Safety Goals so you have peace of mind that your loved one will receive the highest quality care. At the same time, our compassionate approach makes sure he or she is treated as a whole person, not just a condition.
Taking heart failure medication properly helps keep your parent out of the hospital. A typical regimen may include ACE inhibitors to relax blood vessels and make it easier for the heart to pump, diuretics to release excess fluid in the body, beta blockers to slow the heartbeat and decrease the workload for the heart, and many more. Ensuring doses aren’t accidently missed or doubled and monitoring for side effects can be a lot to manage. BrightStar Care can step in, whether through supervision or actual administration (in most states) of medicines.
Personalized Heart Failure Care
A good plan of care for heart failure takes into account your overall health with recommendations for diet, exercise, and stress reduction. Our in-home care services can help:
Following a low-sodium (low-salt) diet is an important part of managing heart failure. Salt makes the body hold onto water, and this added weight forces the heart to work harder. BrightStar Care caregivers can assist with grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking. They can also ensure proper hydration.
Sudden weight gain can signal a flare-up in your parent’s condition. Any care plan for heart failure should include daily weigh-ins. Our professional caregivers can do this and report notable changes to your parent’s doctor.
Regular exercise can help control heart failure by improving blood flow and strengthening muscles so everyday tasks are less taxing. Exercise and other activities should be guided by common sense-an in-home caregiver can make sure this is done properly.
When you are stressed, adrenaline is released in your body, causing your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure to rise. This is especially risky for people living with heart failure. Our caregivers can incorporate stress reduction measures into your parent’s heart failure care plan, whether that’s planning favorite art activities or simply taking household tasks off of his or her plate.
Get Help from BrightStar Care
Call BrightStar Care today at 866-618-7827 to learn more about our care plans for heart failure and to find a location near you.
You can also contact us online.