Senior Care Issues: Diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure? Daily Weights are Important!

Congestive heart failure is a relatively common condition of aging. This condition is when the heart has become too weak to pump an adequate amount of blood through the body. All of the functions the body are negatively impacted by the decreased volume of blood that it receives on a regular basis. This reduced pumping ability can also lead to the body retaining fluid which will build up in the lungs, liver, kidneys, eyes and extremities. Not only is this retention uncomfortable, but it leads to even further pressure on the heart which can have devastating health consequences. Fortunately, adequate senior care makes it completely possible to manage congestive heart failure right in the comfort of home. If your aging loved one has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a senior care companion can be an amazing ally in ensuring that his health needs are taking care of promptly and effectively.

One of the most important things that can be done in regards to managing congestive heart failure at home is recording daily weights. Though it is expected that a person’s weight will fluctuate from day-to-day, a person that is dealing with CHF must remain vigilant about his weight in order to catch fluid retention early. An increase in weight of three pounds or more can be an indication that the body is not properly processing fluids and the heart is being placed under additional strain due to this retention.

A senior care companion will remind your aging loved one win to take his weight, and help them to record it so that the measurements are accurate and he can properly evaluate his weight fluctuations. This means taking his weight at the same time every day and checking this weight carefully against previous measurements, as well as comparing weight situations with other symptoms that the senior may be experiencing. If a major increase is noticed, the home care companion can also contact is physician for further instructions or provide transportation to an emergency appointment. Managing congestive heart failure at home requires dedication, and a senior care companion is an ideal support system.

If you or someone you know needs help with senior care in Charlotte, NC contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare. We provide quality and affordable senior care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (704) 323-5454 for more information.

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About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.
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