Manage Hypertension with In-Home Care for Your Senior Family Members


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By Shawn Turcotte

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

Home Instead Caregiver checking senior's prescription scheduleStaying healthy at every stage of life is vital for enjoying it fully. Aging brings new challenges to the goal of maintaining good health. Arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease often creep in to rob you or your loved one of the zest for life. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a silent killer as it damages blood vessels and the heart. If left uncontrolled, hypertension increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, especially in  seniors.

Blood pressure can be better managed  by working with the doctor towards healthier eating habits, proper exercise and making sure prescribed medication is taken regularly. If your elderly loved one struggles to make the required changes, in-home senior care professionals can make a big difference. They provide ready assistance and support with daily chores, cooking nutritious meals, transportation to appointments, and monitoring prescriptions.

Valuable Benefits of Hiring a Home Care Helper for Your Senior

At Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, we support caregivers in looking after their parents in a variety of ways. Finding excellent senior care is crucial to your loved one’s continued well-being. Here are some practical and emotionally beneficial ways professional assistance can help your mom or dad manage their high blood pressure, and more:

  1. Preparing healthy, well-balanced meals: Living alone can make cooking a chore. Convenience foods are not always as healthy as freshly prepared meals. Dining out is an expensive option. A hired caregiver can prepare foods that taste good and meet the dietary restrictions needed to keep hypertension under control. This can include menu planning, recipe research and grocery shopping. They can even set a lovely table to generate a pleasant experience.
  2. Ensuring medications are taken consistently: Taking prescription medications on time keeps blood pressure under control. However, it is easy for seniors to forget or miss a dose now and then. A caregiver can make sure all medicines are taken regularly, monitor reactions and attend to side-effects.
  3. Providing transportation to doctor appointments: When a senior suffers from hypertension regular doctor visits are imperative. It may not always be possible for you to take time off work to drive your parent around.  Our caregivers can ensure your dad gets to his appointments on time. They can even make sure that prescriptions are dropped off and picked up as scheduled.

Home Care Helpers Support the Health of Your Senior in Many Ways

Supporting your aging loved one and managing their health is paramount to enjoying life. A senior care helper can help your parent manage their hypertension when you are not available. Having a variety of people traipsing in and out of your parent’s home can increase their anxiety and blood pressure. At Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, we understand the importance of having trusted, consistent home care support. We partner with you and your family to provide the best service options possible. We aim to assign our caregivers based on the needs of your senior. We are ready and available to help you and your loved one.

Call us at (780) 439-9990 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Edmonton area.


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