Care for Hypertension

Having a caregiver who understands how to help the senior you love manage high blood pressure will positively reinforce good habits.

Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is one of the most common health challenges. It’s sometimes referred to as “the disease of thirds” because about one-third of people who have hypertension don’t know it. Another third are aware but do not seek treatment. The remaining one-third are people who do not comply well with their treatment plan. Uncontrolled hypertension carries significant complications, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, kidney disease and ocular damage.

Keeping blood pressure under control is crucial for the senior patient to avoid damage to or weakening  of blood vessels, either of which could possibly lead to blood clots. Having the support of an Amada caregiver who is trained to help manage symptoms of hypertension can positively reinforce good habits as the senior works on maintaining his or her overall health.

Because of their training, Amada caregivers:

• Understand that maintaining a healthy diet can positively impact blood pressure. They support the senior’s choice of foods that are low in fat, sodium and cholesterol and prepare meals in accordance to his or her diet plan.

• Encourage seniors to add more physical activity into their daily routine, such as 30 minutes of walking per day and simple strength training exercises.

• Know how to assist senior patients with self-monitored blood pressure checks and keeping a record of the results to share with the health care team.

• Understand the importance of immediately alerting the family and office should the senior patient’s blood pressure spike to a reading of 180/110 or more.

• Compassionately communicate with senior patients to help them stay on track with their medication, exercise and diet and offer praise and encouragment when they do a good job of taking care of themselves.