Does your senior parent have high blood pressure? “Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries. When the doctor measures your blood pressure, the results are given in two numbers. The first number, called systolic blood pressure, is the pressure caused by your heart contracting and pushing out blood. The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure when your heart relaxes and fills with blood. Your blood pressure reading is usually given as the systolic blood pressure number over the diastolic blood pressure number,” according to the National Institute on Aging.
It can be hard to determine if someone has high blood pressure, as many people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms. Some people with high blood pressure may experience headaches, shortness of breath, and nosebleeds. Because high blood pressure is not easily noticeable, it’s critical that your senior parent regularly visits the doctor and has a blood pressure test at each appointment. According to the Mayo Clinic, the risk factors of high blood pressure include age; race; family history; being overweight or obese; not being physically active; using tobacco; consuming too much salt (sodium); not consuming enough potassium; drinking too much alcohol; stress; and chronic conditions including kidney disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea.
Does your senior parent live alone? Are they unable to drive to the doctor, or remember to schedule regular doctor’s appointments? Call SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, or Anaheim Hills. Our trained, skilled, and compassionate in-home caregivers can ensure that your senior parent visits the doctor regularly. If your parent’s doctor determines that your parent has high blood pressure, they may recommend that your senior parent exercise, make diet changes, or take certain medications. If your senior parent lives alone, this can be an overwhelming diagnosis. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can support your senior parent by helping them manage their medications, eat a healthy diet, and engage in light exercise. The National Institute on Aging recommends the following lifestyle changes to lower your risk of high blood pressure:
- Keep a healthy weight. Being overweight adds to your risk of high blood pressure. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent engage in light exercise.
- Eat a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products may help to lower blood pressure. SYNERGY HomeCare’s in-home caregivers can help plan and prepare healthy meals for your senior parent.
- Cut down on salt. As you get older, the body and blood pressure become more sensitive to salt (sodium), so you may need to watch how much salt is in your diet. Most of the salt comes from processed foods (for example, soup and baked goods). SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your parent read food labels and limit sodium intake.
- Drink less alcohol and don’t smoke. Drinking alcohol can affect your blood pressure. Men should not have more than two drinks a day and women no more than one a day to lower their risk of high blood pressure. Smoking increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.
- Get a good night's sleep. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your loved one sleep in a clean and safe environment.
- Manage stress. Relaxing and coping with problems can help lower high blood pressure. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your senior parent reduce stress by managing medications, scheduling appointments, cleaning, cooking, and ensuring that your parent live in a clean, supportive, and safe home.
Complications of high blood pressure can include heart attack or stroke; heart failure; the formation of an aneurysm; weakened and narrowed blood vessels in the kidneys; thickened, narrowed, or torn blood vessels in the eyes; metabolic syndrome; and dementia.
SYNERGY HomeCare’s compassionate, skilled, and highly-trained in-home caregivers provide your senior parent with top-notch, quality, and personalized care to meet their needs. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers provide personal assistance, transportation services, meal preparation, housekeeping, and companionship services.
- Standby assistance with morning and evening routines
- Transfer assistance
- Bathing and showering assistance
- Personal Hygiene assistance
- Help with restroom use
- Assistance with dressing
- Personal appearance care
- Incontinence care
Errands and Transportation Services
- Incidental transportation
- Schedule planning and assistance
- Errand services
Meal Planning and Preparation
- Assistance with meal planning
- Mealtime feeding assistance
- Assist with and motivate meal preparation
- Complete meal preparation
- Assistance with light gardening
- Kitchen cleaning and organization
- Bathroom cleaning and organization
- Laundry and ironing
- Changing linens
- Friendly and supportive conversation
- Plan and encourage social activities
- Encourage light exercise
- Encourage active thinking
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside
Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. Synergy HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected]