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When Recovering from a Heart Attack, Safety is Essential

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Senior Home SafetyA heart attack is a serious health emergency. For any senior who recently had a heart attack, they will be spending at least some amount of time in the hospital. It could be a few days. Eventually, though, they will be discharged and sent home to continue with the recovery.

At that time, safety should be a major concern for them and those who care about them. In those first days and weeks following discharge from the hospital, that senior will likely have a long road to recovery. They may have less strength and energy than they did prior to the heart attack.

If the senior underwent surgery, he or she could be in a great deal of pain and discomfort as well. Getting around can be a grueling process for them. Getting out of bed or up from the couch to go to the bathroom can take a long time and sap a lot of energy from them.

Every time the senior has to get around the house, it will likely take longer, require more effort, and he or she is going to notice just how much of muscle and strength they’ve lost as a result of the heart attack and their time in the hospital.

Calling on the assistance and support of an experienced home care aide is incredibly important when you’re talking about recovery from any medical emergency, including heart attacks. The more experience a caregiver has, the more likely he or she will be able to properly support the senior and understand what he or she is going through, not just physically, but emotionally as well.

It’s far too easy for family members to be concerned about their loved one and discourage them from taking part in strenuous activities. However, many doctors recommend their elderly patients get exercise consistently following a heart attack. That’s because exercise helps to strengthen the heart muscles, which makes it easier and more efficient for the heart to pump blood throughout the body.

Yes, it’s important for those seniors to take it easy and not overdo it, but that doesn’t mean they should avoid all activity altogether. They should follow their doctor’s instructions and rely on support whenever needed.

If physical therapy has been recommended, they should follow through with it. The more they do for their health, the more likely they will be able to get back to their full strength and enjoy life, living it to the fullest.


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Vicki & Brian Day

Home Helpers of Northern Lehigh Valley is locally owned and operated by Vicki Crow and Brian Day. We have experience and knowledge of issues that seniors and their families face every day. Prior to owning Home Helpers, we had over 40 combined years of sales and business experience. We experienced firsthand the value of professional in-home care and our ownership of Home Helpers is our way of providing senior care services to families in the Northern Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. We provide the same level of care and attention to detail that we would expect for our own family. We chose to get involved with non-medical home care based on personal experiences that both myself and my husband experienced with our grandparents.My grandmother lived alone and my father lived over 500 miles away, when she suffered a stroke she needed extra help around the house.My father and his brother were able to find a care giver that would come in and help around the house, provided companionship and above all else a safety net for my father and my uncle to know someone was checking in on Grandma.When Grandma suffered a second stroke, the caregiver found her and got her the help she needed. We know there are a lot of families like ours that need that peace of mind of knowing someone is helping a loved one when they can't be there.

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