Living with Congestive Heart Failure

More than 5.5 million people in the U.S. are living with heart failure and while it is a serious, progressive disease many continue to lead full lives for years. Arizona home care companies encourage you to take charge of your health by making the lifestyle changes listed in this blog. By doing so, you can commit to treating your heart failure while maintaining the life you want to live.

Resuming Regular Activities

The best advice is to listen and heed your doctor’s guidelines about returning to your everyday activities. Keep in mind you may have a new “normal” activity level which means you need to listen to your body and take breaks when needed. Obtaining private duty care may help you meet your new lifestyle needs.

Going Back to Work

Your return to work will be based on your overall health, symptoms, and your rate of recovery. Speak with your physician about the type of work you do and whether or not it will affect your heart condition. You may need to plan for periods of rest during your work day and conserve energy where you can. Using energy-saving devices or methods is one way to lessen fatigue, others include: scheduling only one to two tasks a day, resting if you become tired, getting a good night’s sleep, asking for help from family and friends and avoiding extreme physical activity. If daily tasks become too tiring, hiring personal nursing care in Phoenix can help lighten your load.

Traveling

Again, this is an area best discussed with your healthcare provider. Many Arizona home care companies suggest these tips:

  • Always take your medications with you and make sure you have a prescription re-fill on hand in case you run out or misplace your medicine.
  • If you are traveling on an airline, keep your medication with you in a carry on. Never check your medications with your luggage.
  • Wear a medical ID accessory such as a bracelet or necklace for easy identification in the event of an emergency.

Finally, take care to deal with any negative emotions you may be experiencing. Depression and anxiety are normal feelings after a diagnosis but if they persist or interfere with your ability to take pleasure in life, speak with your doctor.

At Cypress HomeCare Solutions, an at home healthcare service in Phoenix, we understand the difficulties a diagnosis like this can bring. That’s why we pride ourselves on being one of the few Arizona home care companies to provide skilled private duty care and specialized personal nursing care in Phoenix. Give us a call 602-264-8009 or contact us online to learn more about at home healthcare in Phoenix and the surrounding areas.

 

Posted on December 27, 2013