Caring for Congestive Heart Failure at Home

Because it affects so many different aspects of daily living, caring for congestive heart failure at home can seem overwhelming. It’s important to get the care and attention you deserve and consider professional in-home care services.

Taking Care of a Heart Condition at Home

Nearly 5 million Americans are currently living with congestive heart failure, and approximately 550,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Although it can affect people of all ages, congestive heart failure is most common in the elderly, with an annual incidence approaching 10 per 1,000 of those aged 65 or older.

Successfully caring for someone with heart disease at home requires more than just managing symptoms. Home care for congestive heart failure also includes adapting to significant functional disabilities, assisting with the activities of daily living, and maintaining quality of life.

Of course, family caregivers need to take care of themselves, too. If your loved one has a heart condition, you may feel as though your world has been turned upside-down. Make sure you get the support you need. In-home care services provide support, guidance, access to resources, and compassion—which when taken altogether, adds up to peace of mind, not only for people with congestive heart failure, but for their families, as well.

In-Home Care Services for Congestive Heart Failure

Managing congestive heart failure at home may seem like a daunting task. After all, your loved one will have to adhere to a medication schedule, follow diet and exercise recommendations, monitor for congestion, manage medical appointments, and more.

Non-medical home care can support your loved one living with heart disease and ease your burden of responsibilities. Together, we can help to ensure that your elderly loved one is living to their fullest potential, participating in meaningful and joyful activities regardless of their physical limitations.

Adults with congestive heart failure typically need home care services that consist of:

  • Preparing food for healthy eating
  • Assistance with eating, dressing, bathing
  • Help with walking and exercise
  • Light lifting and household duties
  • Transportation to appointments

Preparing food for healthy eating

Eating mostly fresh, low salt, home-prepared food after congestive heart failure can help your loved one feel better and manage their symptoms more effectively. LivHOME caregivers can plan, shop for, and prepare nutritious homemade meals, paying special attention to any dietary restrictions.

Assistance with eating, dressing, bathing

Caring for a heart condition requires so much more than “just” managing medications. For example, your elderly loved one may also find it challenging to accomplish everyday tasks, such as eating, dressing, or bathing. LivHOME personal care attendants are trained to help with these activities, while also providing companionship and incorporating your loved one’s hobbies, preferences, and unique circumstances along the way to maximize their quality of life.

Help with walking and exercise

Caring for heart disease also means staying as active as possible. Moderate exercise can help the heart get stronger as well as promote weight loss, lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, and improve circulation. With help and motivation from a home health aide, your elderly loved one will regain strength and reap all the benefits of moderate exercise.

Light lifting and household duties

Household duties may seem trivial when caring for congestive heart failure. However, when LivHOME homemakers provide light housekeeping and other domestic services, your elderly loved one will be able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from living in a clean, safe, and well-organized home.

Transportation to appointments

Managing congestive heart failure often means juggling a variety of different appointments. Along with care inside the home, a LivHOME caregiver can manage your loved one’s appointments and provide safe, comfortable transportation to and from doctor’s offices, the pharmacy, etc.

Home Care after Heart Surgery

Home care after heart surgery can be complicated. To start the process, we recommend you hire a professional geriatric care manager who can assess your loved one’s needs and create a comprehensive home care plan. As a result, you can rest assured that the proper care and supervision will be in place, and that your loved one will be able to continue to live safely and independently in the comfort of their own home.

Assistance with Hospital Discharge and Recovery

LivHOME caregivers can help your elderly loved one make a smooth transition from hospital to home. That’s important because many patients are discharged from the hospital even though they will need considerable in-home care.

Miscommunications at discharge can impact care plans and medication details, preventing all of those involved—the patient, hospital, caregiver, and providers—from understanding the prognosis, the need for follow-up care, potential medication side effects, and more.

LivHOME’s care team is trained to help make these transitions successful. We will support you and your elderly loved one by:

  • Explaining all of the discharge instructions and service orders
  • Setting up an in-home caregiver as needed
  • Providing transportation from the hospital
  • Reconciling old and new medications
  • Performing a home safety evaluation
  • Confirming all the necessary home nursing and therapy services and equipment
  • Scheduling follow-up medical appointments

Remember: Safely transitioning home after discharge—and getting the care that’s needed once home—can help your loved one better manage congestive heart failure and reduces the risk of readmission.