Cardiac Care for Seniors: Tips for Seniors with Heart Disease
Canada has come a long way when it comes to fighting heart disease. The death rate for heart disease has gone down by 75% since 1950, which is encouraging. However, there is still a long fight ahead in helping those with heart disease.
Despite the encouraging decrease in deaths, the current figures are still troubling. Over 350,000 Canadians are hospitalized every year for either strokes or heart attacks. A more alarming figure is that 90% of Canadians have at least one of the established risk factors for heart disease.
Numbers like these show that we all need to do our part in caring for seniors in our lives who are suffering from heart disease. There are ways to offer cardiac home health care that works. We’ll describe a few of those tips below.
Cardiac Recovery Time
The first thing to know about recovering from a heart attack or symptoms of heart disease is that it takes time. If your parent or grandparent is over 65, it will take longer to make a full recovery. It’s not uncommon for recovery to take up to eight weeks, and there still may be some underlying side effects. The key is to be observant and patient. Recognize what your parent or grandparent can or can’t do and let those be your indicators for how well they are recovering; don’t judge recovery by the amount of time that has gone by.
Changes in Lifestyle for Recovering Seniors
Depending on the severity of the heart disease, you can assume there will be changes to the way seniors live. What’s important is that you don’t let those lifestyle changes take away too much of the senior’s independence, if possible. For example, it’s a good idea to continue with regular routines: walking, bathing, shaving, and keeping up with any household chores once they’ve shown that they have enough strength. It’s also imperative not to let seniors recovering from a heart attack to remain in bed all day if that is not what the doctor suggests. Depression is a common side effect in seniors recovering from a heart attack and staying in bed all day only reinforces that depression.
Cardiac Diet Plan for Seniors
Diet is always the key. In fact, it may be one of the most significant aspects to staying healthy and recovering from heart disease. It’s really about eating foods we know are healthy. Introducing a post-heart attack diet plan for seniors that includes more fruits and vegetables, limited cholesterol, and a variety of protein is a great way to get your loved one back to full strength.
Canadians are at the point where we really need to take cardiac senior care seriously. We’ve done a good job over the years, but with the increasing senior population, the potential burden on the health care system is going to be heavy.
That’s why we want you to trust us to help with your parent’s cardiac senior care in Toronto. Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region has qualified and compassionate caregivers who offer the very best home care possible.
If you have a loved one who is suffering from heart disease or is scheduled to return home after dealing with a heart attack, call Home Care Assistance at 905-597-5825.
“Recovering from a Heart Attack: Tips and Suggestions for Toronto Seniors,” Comfort Keepers web site; http://comfortkeepers.ca/local-office/ontario/toronto/recovering-from-a-heart-attack-tips-and-suggestions-for-toronto-seniors/.
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