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What Can You Do if Your Loved One Doesn't Feel Healthy Enough for Cardiac Rehab?

By Denise Roskamp

Sometimes elderly loved ones resist cardiac rehab because they simply don't feel well enough to keep going. Some of this information might help to change your loved one's mind.

Talk to Her Medical Team

The first step is to definitely let your loved one's medical team know that she's not feeling well enough to participate in cardiac rehab. There may be adjustments that need to be made to your loved one's treatment plan, such as changing or modifying medication dosages. Your loved one's doctors may need to run some additional tests to make sure that all is well.

Get Specifics about What Your Loved One Is Feeling

If your loved one is experiencing any pain or discomfort, it's important to get as detailed as you possibly can with this information. The more you can bring to your loved one's medical team, the better. Your loved one may be feeling more afraid of cardiac rehab than she is feeling physical symptoms. But until you dig deeper, you may not be able to get that information. Home care providers and other family members can also help you fill in the blanks.

Rest Is Important for Recovery

It's definitely true that your loved one can benefit from rest when she has heart issues. Assessing how much rest your loved one is actually getting can help you to make sure that she's getting the right mix of rest and activity to help keep herself healthy. Keep in mind that too much rest can be just as bad for your loved one as activity that is too strenuous.

Cardiac Rehab Can Help Your Loved One Feel Better

Even if your loved one isn't feeling excited about going to cardiac rehab, it can help to make her stronger and can help her to have more energy. The key is to keep a balance to your loved one's activity levels. As your loved one sticks with the plan for cardiac rehab, she'll start to see more results. She may even find that her initial poor energy levels recover.
Some days are going to be better than others for your loved one. Work with your loved one to get to a compromise that gets results.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE SERVICES IN LINCOLN, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.