As you probably are aware, the heart is basically a big blood and oxygen pump. Blood flows from the right side to the lungs to pick up oxygen and then races off to the left side where it is distributed throughout the circulatory system. The circulatory system of the body is like a subway, carrying oxygenated blood to even the remotest parts of the body.
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), simply put, means your heart pump is not working well and can’t distribute enough blood to your body to supply its demand for oxygen and other important nutrients.
Heart Disease is often very stressful for patients and their family caregivers. Patients frequently experience stress over medications and difficult, uncomfortable symptoms that are hard for them to cope with.
Caring for someone with CHF can be very difficult. The day-in and day-out demands of caregiving can be stressful and very time-consuming. In the advanced stages of CHF, when diet, lifestyle, and medication must be monitored constantly, caregivers often find they MUST have support.
Delaware Hospice can be there to help you so you don’t have to feel like you’re dealing with this alone. Our teams are expertly trained in heart disease and we can help in preventing and managing the symptoms of heart disease at home.
We can assist patients and families by:
- Improving the ability to cope with illness.
- Increasing the caregiver’s confidence and ability to provide care to the cardiac patient at home.
- Monitoring cardiac symptoms to avoid episodes of crisis.
- Avoiding hospital admissions.
- Preventing visits to the Emergency Department.
- Improving the quality of life by exploring options and goals for on-going healthcare and treatment.
- Assisting patients and families in meeting their personal goals that serve to improve their quality of life.
If you have any questions about caring for a loved one who suffers from CHF, we’re here to help. Caring for your loved one will be easier if you have a strong group of people around to help. And, most importantly, remember to keep yourself healthy and happy.