High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a dangerous condition, notably for seniors. To keep it manageable, close monitoring and taking prescribed blood pressure medications is necessary. These activities can sometimes be easily forgotten, no matter how old a person is.
Hiring a home care agency can help seniors with high blood pressure levels to take better care of themselves by keeping their problem in check.
In –home care services are not “skilled nursing services”. Companions, CNAs and Home Health Aides cannot administer medications or make medical diagnoses. What they can do for seniors is encourage them to take their medications.
For an ailment like high blood pressure, medication reminders can be a life saver.
While out of the house, home care service providers can assist the senior to measure his or her blood pressure by using the automatic blood pressure cuffs found in pharmacies.
Blood pressure monitoring can effortlessly be included into a trip to pick up a prescription or to the grocery store. Even daily blood pressure checks can help the senior know if his or her blood pressure medication is working correctly.
Some seniors have automatic blood pressure cuffs in their own home. These can be bought at a practical cost at any local pharmacy or drug store. The home care agency can help the senior with daily blood pressure monitoring and recording at home.
Seniors with hypertension should find assistance in keeping their condition controlled. Without control, the original symptoms the senior felt before going on medication may appear. These symptoms may include: dizziness, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, blurred vision, or headaches. Such symptoms are only warning signs of more serious problems that could arise from uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Some of the most severe effects of out of control elevated blood pressure in the elderly are heart attacks and strokes. The constantly high force of the blood on the walls of the arteries serving the heart or the brain become weak and may burst, causing the heart attack or stroke. These are potentially deadly scenarios, which may very well be averted by the senior taking his or her medication and having regular blood pressure checks.
High blood pressure causes many problems with the body, and as people age, the chances of these problems happening may increase, especially if the person has suffered from high blood pressure for many years. Preventing future problems from high blood pressure depends on regular monitoring and taking the doctor-prescribed medicine as directed.
A home care service provider can help a senior remember to take much needed medications, possibly saving his or her life by avoiding the deadly consequences of uncontrolled hypertension.
For more information about how the caregivers at Senior Services Unlimited can help your family with seniorhome care, call (888) 427-5285. We are a elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Olivette MO, and the surrounding communities.