Your Senior Has Heart Failure. Now What?

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Heart failure is a misleading term, but it’s a phrase your senior might hear well before she’s ready for it.
This condition means that your senior’s heart isn’t working the way that it should in one or more ways and that’s affecting how the rest of her body works. Heart failure can be manageable for a long time.

 

Elderly Care in Aventura FL: Senior Heart Failure

Elderly Care in Aventura FL: Senior Heart Failure

 

Every Diagnosis Is Slightly Different

Heart failure covers a lot of ground, medically speaking. Your senior might be in the earlier stages of heart failure with minor issues that she can still reverse. Or she might have advanced heart failure, which means that you’re in a position now where you’re trying to preserve her quality of life as much as possible. No matter where she is, you need a full understanding of her current and future health needs from her doctor.

 

She May Need to Make Some Changes

If lifestyle changes will be helpful, then it’s time to implement them. Your senior’s doctor might recommend an exercise plan, for instance, or a change in her diet. These types of changes will be in addition to whatever other courses of action are recommended, such as medications to help her heart. These types of changes are sometimes difficult to make, but they’re important to weigh against your senior’s overall health. Patience helps a lot.

 

Some Days Will Be Better than Others

As with any chronic health issue, your elderly family member is going to have some good days and some bad days. It’s important that her quality of life stays as high as possible, even on those bad days. Having help from home care providers can ensure that she’s still got a clean home and healthy meals to eat, even if she doesn’t feel up to making those things happen.

 

Support Groups Can Help

Heart failure is a scary diagnosis to hear, but talking to other people experiencing the same thing helps. Talk to your senior’s doctor about support groups in the area that she might find helpful. Going to meetings gives her a chance to get out and to be social, but she can also hear about valuable information that can make her life with heart failure so much easier.

Just being diagnosed with heart failure doesn’t mean that your elderly family member’s life as she knows it is over. This is an opportunity for her to change some of the aspects in her life that can be contributing to poor health. As she learns to better take care of those issues, she can start to see dramatic results.

If you or a family member are in need of Elderly Care in Aventura, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.