Care for Congestive Heart Failure

A trained Amada caregiver can help your loved one manage the symptoms of CHF and let you know when or if it's time to call the doctor.

It’s important to know that the home care agency you’re working with has an action plan in place to recognize one of the leading causes of death among seniors—congestive heart failure. Amada caregivers specifically look for the classic signs of congestive heart failure like weakness, shortness of breath, coughing, sudden weight gain, swelling feet and ankles, and changes in the frequency of urination. Because of their training to recognize these symptoms when present, Amada caregivers can help you or your loved one know when or if it’s time to call a doctor—which can significantly improve long-term care outcomes.

CHF symptoms that Amada caregivers are trained to watch for:

• Sudden or steady weight gain (for example, 2-3 pounds in 24 hours or 5 pounds in more than 1 week) that points to the body retaining fluid.

• Significant swelling in the senior’s feet or ankles—another indicator that the body is retaining fluid.

• Changes in the frequency of urination during the day or night, which could mean that the senior’s kidneys are struggling to remove excess fluid from the body.

• Weakness or extreme fatigue that suggest the heart isn’t pumping effectively and not enough oxygen-rich blood isn’t getting to the senior’s body to meet energy demands.

• Frequent shortness of breath or coughing (even when the senior is lying down), which points to a buildup of fluid in the lungs.