Senior Care in Stamford, CT
May is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month and for senior care, any elderly individual who may be at risk of high blood pressure or whose doctor has recommended that they check in on a regular basis may be tempted to simply rely on those public blood pressure machines commonly found at pharmacies, supermarkets, and more venues each and every month.
Blood pressure essentially measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart is beating as well as when it is at rest. The first number (or the higher of the two) is called the systolic. This number measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart is beating. A normal blood pressure reading for the systolic number is 120.
The second number (or the lower of the two) is called the diastolic. This number basically measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest, or in between heartbeats. A normal reading for the diastolic number is 80. Pre-hypertension is defined as when the systolic is between 120 and 140 and the diastolic is between 80 and 90. High blood pressure readings begin when those numbers are higher than that.
For anyone who relies on senior care services, whether they received them from an independent caregiver or through an agency, it’s important to realize that a basic home care aide is not certified to provide any type of medical care and this includes reading blood pressure levels. That often leads people to either rely on home blood pressure reading kits or to go to a pharmacy or other facility that has one of the machines where you would sit down in the seat facing the machine and extend your arm through a tube.
These blood pressure reading machines in public are beneficial for a number of reasons, but their accuracy is not nearly as good as a professional reading from an experienced, licensed, professional nurse. A person who uses one of these machines could sit there and do it three or four times in 15 or 20 minutes and get completely different readings each time.
It’s important to temper expectations with these machines with more accurate readings. That being said, somebody who requires any type of professional senior care at home should consider relying on a visiting nurse to come in and provide those readings accurately on a regular basis. Blood pressure is far too important to leave to potentially inaccurate readings from public, generic machines.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Stamford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.