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Although heart attacks are often sensationalized in television and movies, the truth is that many of the symptoms of heart disease are subtle. Knowing the warning signs of heart disease is essential to recognize the need for professional medical help. As the body ages, many changes occur that raise the risk of heart disease in seniors. In-home care offers not only companionship, but help in managing meals, exercise, medication, and transportation for a healthier lifestyle. We would also like to provide you with information regarding the early warning signs of heart disease.
Sudden chest pain is one of the most common signs of a heart attack. Stiffness or discomfort may radiate down the arms or into the shoulders and neck. Pain that does not abate after a few minutes signals the need for medical help immediately. It’s important to get to a hospital as soon as possible in the event of a heart attack—minutes can matter when making a call to emergency services. Alternatively, chest pain that occurs only during physical activity is still an indicator that medical care is needed. This type of pain, called angina, is a sign that plaque buildup inside the arteries is limiting blood flow to the heart. Because this process precedes a heart attack, seeking medical care for angina can help to prevent a fatal or disabling heart attack.
Shortness of Breath
Breathlessness is often a sign of heart disease. The sudden inability to catch one’s breath even while at rest could be a symptom of a heart attack. Alternatively, persistent breathlessness during any type of physical exertion often indicates trouble with the heart’s ability to function. Damage to the valves inside the heart prevents it from pumping blood efficiently, leading to the feeling that you cannot catch your breath.
Familiar Surrounding Home Care provides in-home services to seniors with locations in Menlo Park, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara. Our caregivers offer companionship, assistance with daily tasks, medication management, transportation, and more to support healthy independent living. Check us out on the web or contact us for a free home safety consultation by calling (408) 549-1044.
Last updated 1 month ago
Although the wintertime in Northern California doesn’t bring any snow, it does bring lots and rain. If you have elderly loved ones who live on their own, this can be a stressful time for you, especially if your loved ones are still trying to maintain an independent lifestyle. Walking on wet and slippery sidewalks can be difficult at times even for people who are young or in shape, but it can be downright dangerous for an elderly individual who has a hard enough time maintaining his or her balance as it is. If your elderly loved ones aren’t ready for the supervision of an in-home caregiver, share these tips with them about walking on slippery sidewalks.
Wear Good Shoes
Before you head out on a walk during or after a rain storm, make sure to wear shoes with sturdy soles and good tread. Walking on slippery sidewalks with shoes that have become smooth on the bottom can be like walking on ice skates.
Keep Your Balance
Place your feet fully on the ground as you walk, and keep your arms out at your side and slightly extended. Try to imagine someone walking on a tightrope and maintaining balance with his or her arms. This will help you keep your balance while you walk on wet or slippery sidewalks.
Walk with a Partner
It can help to walk with a cane or some sort of walking device, but nothing beats walking with a friend. If you don’t have anyone to keep you company while you check the mail or walk to the corner store for groceries, your in-home caregiver can assist you and make sure you stay on your feet.
Familiar Surroundings Home Care provides quality in-home care for senior citizens in the San Jose area. Visit our website to learn about the in-home care services we provide, or call us at (408) 600-0016 to speak with one of our trained caregivers today.
Last updated 1 month ago
Providing in-home care for an elderly loved one is hard enough, but it can be even more challenging when he or she has diabetes. If your loved one suffers from other age-related problems in addition to diabetes, such as dementia or limited mobility, providing respite care is the only way to ensure that he or she is eating properly, checking their blood sugar, taking insulin, etc. Until you are ready to hand over the care of your elderly loved one to a professional in-home caregiver, here are a few tips that will help you manage your loved one’s diabetes.
Focus on the Diet
Proper nutrition is the number one issue for someone with diabetes. If you are responsible for shopping and planning meals for someone with diabetes, exclude all refined sugars and avoid white flour. You should also avoid salt and fat in cooking. Check with an in-home caregiver or nutritionist about proper diabetic meal planning.
Provide Plenty of Water
Insulin dries out the natural moisture of the skin, so make sure that your loved one drinks enough water throughout the day. Fill a large pitcher in the morning and, dispensing water by the cupful, make sure the pitcher is empty by bedtime. Hydration will also help prevent certain oral issues related to mouth dryness.
Take Care of the Feet
Diabetes can cause nerve damage and numbness, especially in the feet. For this reason, caregivers should inspect the feet regularly for damage and tend to any wounds as quickly as possible. Foot wounds heal slower for diabetics, so wound prevention is extremely important.
If you are looking for someone to take over the responsibility of caring for your loved one, trust Familiar Surroundings Home Care. Our experienced caregivers offer a number of household services, including meal preparation and specialty diets for individuals with diabetes. To learn more about our in-home senior care services, visit our website or call us at (408) 979-9990.
Last updated 2 months ago
It is possible to self-manage diabetes, but not without taking the right medication. Insulin, blood pressure medication, and pills that lower blood sugar are just a few of the medications that can help reduce the risks of diabetes related complications. Because each medication is different, communicate with your doctor about any side effects you notice or how the medication is making you feel. Learn more about managing diabetes with medication by watching this short video clip.
If your elderly loved one has diabetes and struggles with other age-related problems such as dementia or limited mobility, the in-home caregivers at Familiar Surroundings Home Care can watch over them and make sure they are taking the right medication. We are committed to providing the highest quality in-home care for your elderly loved one. If you have any questions about our senior home care services, call us today at (408) 979-9990.
Last updated 2 months ago
Diabetes is a very manageable disease, so long as you follow the doctor’s instructions and take the necessary medication. Individuals with Type 1 diabetes need to take insulin shots to make up for the lack of insulin made in the pancreas. While some people with Type 2 diabetes can manage the disease with healthy eating and exercise, oral medication and/or insulin may be needed to help reach their target blood glucose levels.
If your elderly loved one has diabetes, trust the trained in-home caregivers at Familiar Surroundings Home Care to watch over them when you can’t. We provide a number of in-home elderly care services. Visit our website to learn more about our in-home senior caregivers, or call us at (408) 979-9990 to schedule a consultation or home assessment today.