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Why Are Follow-Up Appointments Important for a Senior Who Has Suffered a Heart Attack?

By Mike Jackson

If you are a family caregiver for an elderly parent who has recently suffered a heart attack, you are now on a new path in their care journey. Suffering one heart attack greatly increases the chances that your aging parent will suffer another, which means that your care routine must adjust to address the risk factors that led to their first heart attack, as well as other factors. One of the most important elements of this is ensuring that your parent participates regularly in their follow-up appointments with their medical team.

Follow-up appointments are important for those who have suffered a heart attack for a wide variety of reasons, including:

  • Allowing the doctor to monitor your parent's health and recovery so that they can determine if their choice of treatment and management plan is working properly for your parent.
  • Allowing the doctor to monitor your parent's ongoing health and how any other health problems that they might be suffering have been influenced by their heart attack or by the treatments, so that they can make recommendations for how to manage this or include others in the medical team for further support.
  • Giving your parent the opportunity to discuss any symptoms, concerns, or issues that they are experiencing so that the doctor can help them to handle them effectively.
  • Providing an opportunity for continued support and encouragement for your parent as they are making the changes that the doctor prescribed, and offering the opportunity for holding your parent accountable for the changes, such as eating a healthier diet or losing weight.
  • Giving you a chance to ask any questions that you might have or get recommendations for how you can improve your care efforts for your parent to continue to help them through this recovery period, but also to protect them from further health issues, such as another heart attack.

Being a family caregiver for your aging parent can be extremely challenging and stressful, but fortunately home care can help. An in-home care provider can step in to fill care gaps, provide supervision and care when you are not able to be with your parent, and offer companionship and support to encourage the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. These services can include safe and reliable transportation to ensure that your parent can go where they need and want to go without having to wait for you, physical support and assistance for mobility issues, help with activities of daily living and personal care requirements, and companionship that will boost your parent's activity level and mental and emotional health as they age in place. Knowing your parent will have consistent access to this care will relieve your stress and ensure that you are able to focus your energy, attention, and resources in the way that is most effective and efficient.

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/Heart-Attack_UCM_001092_SubHomePage.jsp

IF YOU OR AN AGING SENIOR ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN MOUNTAIN HOME, ID, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE OF BOISE. CALL US: (208) 322-2668.

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