High blood pressure can turn into a big problem if your elderly family member isn’t managing it carefully. But managing high blood pressure tends to sound like a boring process that takes all the fun out of life. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Use a Home Monitor
Home monitors used to be clunky and difficult to use easily. Now, they’re small enough to fit on your senior’s wrist and can get the information she needs with very little time. The home monitor helps your senior to see what helps her blood pressure right away and where she is in terms of managing her health. Using the monitor regularly helps her to have some control over her health.
Encourage Your Senior to Follow Her Doctor’s Recommendations
Your senior’s doctor has likely given her a detailed plan for managing her blood pressure. That plan likely includes medications, exercise recommendations, and even dietary guidelines. Your senior may not want to make some of these changes and she can easily ignore them. But the result is going to be that her health will suffer and that’s not great. Help her to make those changes gradually so that they’re less overwhelming for her.
Skip that Nightcap
Managing vices can be one of the most effective tools when your senior is dealing with high blood pressure. This is especially true if she smokes or has more than an occasional alcoholic drink. Both of these activities can cause her blood pressure to be much higher than it should be in order for her to be as healthy as possible. Your senior’s doctor can help her to formulate a plan for cutting back on vices that are hindering her health.
Remove or Reduce Stress
Reducing your senior’s stress levels can help a lot, too. It’s easier when you know what’s stressing her out, of course. Daily stresses can have more of an impact than either of you expect. One way to help your elderly family member to experience less stress is to bring more help into her daily life. Elderly care providers can efficiently handle a variety of tasks, giving your senior time to focus on herself.
Your senior’s situation may change periodically in terms of her blood pressure and how high it gets. That’s why going to regular appointments and monitoring at home can be so important. Her doctor can help you to adjust your senior’s plan as necessary.
If you or an aging loved one is considering elderly care in Victor, NY, please contact the caring staff at Touching Hearts at Home of Rochester today. 585-271-7390.