Right at Home shares well known tips to help prevent the spread of viruses but first what is the impact of Coronavirus? According to the BBC, the coronavirus (officially known as Covid-19) had infected 78,927 people in China as of 28 February, with 2,790 of them dying.

The proportion dying from the disease appears to be between 1% and 2% but the figures are unreliable as many cases of the illness remain unreported. To put this into context, about one billion people catch influenza every year, with between 290,000 and 650,000 deaths.

Home Care Provider Tips for Seniors Cardiovascular Management

How do Cardiovascular Diseases affect Older Australians?

As leading, experienced, home care providers, Right at Home, find that elders, especially those with cardiovascular disease, benefit from staying in the familiarity of their own homes with the help of a professional caregiver to assist in reducing some manageable risk factors. But what are the statistics of Cardiovascular Disease?

According to the Australian Government Department of Health[1], 29% of deaths had an underlying cause of CVD in 2015 and about 15.7% of the indigenous population of Australia were estimated to have heart disease. American Heart Association (AHA)[2] state that about two-thirds of cardiovascular disease deaths occur in people age 75 and older. In Australia, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer and 90 per cent of Australians have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease according to Heart Research Institute Australia (HRI)[3]. World Health Organization (WHO)[4] state that 17.9 million people around the world die each year from CVDs. From these statistics, it is clear that cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as heart disease, heart attack, stroke and heart failure are the leading causes of death globally, and the risks increase with age, but a significant number of these deaths are preventable.

What Causes Cardiovascular Disease?

According to Heart Research Institute[5] Australia, atherosclerosis is the main underlying cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Atherosclerosis is very common. Over the age of 40, people in general good health have about a 50 per cent chance of developing serious atherosclerosis, with this risk increasing with age. Ageing can cause changes in the heart and blood vessels, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. Most people over the age of 60 have some atherosclerosis, but often do not have noticeable symptoms. Atherosclerosis can have devastating long-term consequences.           

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

Remaining sedentary and a poor diet contribute to being overweight and raise the risk of declining heart health.

Key factors and behaviors that affect a person’s risk for heart disease and stroke are: 

  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • inactivity
  • poor nutrition
  • smoking

Of these health factors, tobacco use is considered one of the most preventable causes of death in the country. For smokers, going smoke-free results in a number of positive health benefits, for example, the AHA states, “One year after quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by 50 percent.” 

How to Keep Cardiovascular Disease under Control

Fortunately, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease is possible through a number of positive lifestyle choices. To promote lasting change in a person’s health through everyday small actions, the AHA created a healthy living movement called Healthy for Good™. The movement’s approach is threefold: Eat Smart. Move More. Be Well. The Healthy for Good movement hopes to inspire people to choose heart-healthy foods, exercise regularly, manage stress, get adequate sleep and practice mindfulness. The Heart Foundation Australia also has advice on healthy eating and keeping active

Many older adults are surprised to find that they can prevent and significantly lessen the effects of cardiovascular disease by making even small adjustments in their daily routines.

Right at Home Australia Promotes Three Recommended Ways to Improve Cardiovascular Health:

Manage blood pressure

When blood pressure rises too high, the extra force on the circulatory system can damage artery walls and build up scar tissue. This can limit the smooth flow of blood and oxygen to and from the heart, causing the heart to pump harder and wear out more quickly. To lower blood pressure, reduce salt and alcohol intake, and eat fewer saturated-fat foods. Incorporating more exercise and controlling stress will also help drop blood pressure into the normal range (less than 120 over 80).

Stay physically active

An average fitness goal is moderate exercise that keeps you moving and breaking a light sweat for 30 minutes a day five days a week.  However, remaining sedentary, like sitting at work, in the car or on the sofa, for the rest of the day is not good either. Instead, break up long periods of sitting by getting up and moving around. For example, climb up and down stairs during TV commercials or walk around when you’re on the phone.

Eat nutrient rich food

The heart runs best on plant-based foods (vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts) and fewer processed, convenience foods (crackers, chips, packaged desserts and microwave meals). Nutritionists recommend one of the fastest ways to adopt a heart-healthy diet is to forgo sugary beverages such as sodas and fruit juices. Fresh fruits and veggies, quality whole grains, and wild fish make up the core of a diet for better overall health.

How In-home Caregivers Help with Heart Health

The older people get, the harder it can be to oversee all aspects of health and well-being. Oftentimes, elders need encouragement and respectful supervision to make the right choices to safeguard their heart. Individuals with cardiovascular disease or who are recovering from a heart attack or stroke need careful monitoring to prevent further complications.

Right at Home in Australia has local offices whose in-home caregivers can assist cardiovascular disease patients in a number of ways:

Ambulation:

Fatigue and shortness of breath from cardiovascular disease can limit a patient’s movement and lead to falls. Having an adult home care professional assist the patient with mobility is both a safeguard and a relief to the patient and their family.

Dietary intake:

Cardiovascular patients are typically placed on a diet low in sodium, fat and cholesterol, and they may need help shopping for and preparing appropriate meals and snacks.

Medication reminders:

Medications are extremely important for people dealing with cardiovascular conditions. Forgetting to take medications or taking them incorrectly can result in hospital readmission. An in-home caregiver can remind the patient to take medications and can run to the pharmacy for prescription refills or to pick up additional medications.

Personal care:

Many heart and stroke patients feel weak and struggle with bathing, dressing, eating and using the bathroom. A trusted in-home caregiver can provide an extra hand with these daily tasks.

Home management:

Because of decreased energy and mobility, people with cardiovascular disease may need help with cleaning, laundry, errands and a number of regular routines including pet care.

Rehabilitation:

Attendance at cardiac or stroke rehab is crucial, and for more severe cases, required daily. Cardiac rehab programs have shown to decrease the odds of additional heart attacks. At-home caregivers can provide the patient with transportation to rehab appointments and can monitor the patient’s compliance with prescribed activities to do at home.

Follow-up with physician:

Adult home care providers can drive cardiovascular patients to and from medical appointments, help record the physician’s suggestions, and communicate changes in the patient’s condition to the family.

In addition, Right at Home offers clients a disease management program to help monitor symptoms and promote self-care with the following diseases:

  • Acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly known as heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Cerebral vascular accident (CVA), commonly known as stroke
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Hip or knee replacement

Right at Home in-home caregivers are trained in specific health conditions, are prepared to recognise warning signs of heart attack, stroke and other illnesses and can seek medical help, which is often the difference between a good outcome and a poor outcome.

Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors and adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget.

Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.

To find out more, please give us a call on 1300 363 802 or visit our website

 

1 Australian Government, Department of Health. Retrieved from https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/chronic-cardio#com

2 American Heart Association, “Older Americans & Cardiovascular Diseases.” Retrieved from //www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_483970.pdf">https://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_483970.pdf

3.Heart Research Institute Australia (HRI) Retrieved from https://www.hri.org.au/about

4.World Health Organization, Cardio Vascular Diseases. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/health-topics/cardiovascular-diseases/#tab=tab_1

5 Heart Research Institute Australia (HRI) Retrieved from https://www.hri.org.au/about

'Let's come together Queensland!' is the theme of this year's Senior's Week, which promises to celebrate a Queensland for all ages.



The week organised by Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland since 1960 and now by COTA on behalf of the Queensland Government, will run from 19-27 August 2017, and provides the opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities, and to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. The week also provides the opportunity to celebrate the many contributions older people make in their communities.

Both COTA Queensland and the State Government value the contribution older people have made – whether as volunteers or in the workforce, community leaders or carers, grandparents or advocates.

The aim of Seniors Week is to:

  • improve community attitudes toward older people and ageing
  • facilitate community participation including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • enhance community connection and intergenerational relationships

"Seniors Week is a time for all Queenslanders to acknowledge and celebrate the valuable contributions seniors make in their communities. Whether as volunteers or in the workforce, seniors utilize their experiences and knowledge as carers, grandparents and community leaders", COTA Queensland Mark Tucker-Evans said.

"For some living in rural and remote communities, Seniors Week is the one time of year they get to connect with long lost friends.

"For others, Seniors Week is a way to assist in combating social isolation through the discovery of programs and activities, creation of new friendships and in remaining an active member of society."

"We appreciate that Seniors Week can only be a success through the hard work and efforts of people and organisations throughout the state. We are looking forward to working with everyone" said Mark.

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 65 in Australia live alone
  • Seniors Week is a way to assist in combating social isolation
  • Seniors Week brings Queenslanders of all ages together
  • It's the largest week long seniors' celebration in Queensland
  • You don't have to be old to attend
  • You don't have to be young to have funThere are some really fun events including music and dancing, trivia competitions, art and road shows , storytelling and art exhibitions. Don't miss out. Start planning to attend an event here.
For more information about seniors issues in Queensland visit the Queensland Government Seniors website

Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently and age in their home. Right at Home Australia is your local expert for issues related to caring for your elderly loved ones, and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care.

Right at Home is a My Aged Care government approved home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home services such as nursing, post- operative care, respite care, assistance with daily living such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoying a vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.

With offices in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Wagga Wagga (servicing Southern NSW including Albury, Griffith and other parts of Riverina), Padstow (servicing Padstow, St George and South West Sydney), Toowoomba (servicing Toowoomba and Darling Downs), Townsville and soon to be opening in Rockhampton, Right at Home Australia's care team is made up of supervisors and carers who are incredibly skilled, compassionate and devoted to improving the lives of their clients and their clients' families. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget. ​

To find out more, please give us a call on 1300 363 802 or visit our website


Wishing all of our clients, their families, our staff and care team a Happy Australia Day. 

Right at Home Australia is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved one and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. Right at Home offers in-home care and assistance so your loved one can continue living independently and enjoying a vibrant life. Our caregivers are screened, trained and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.

This week my son was asked to read a poem at his school's Anzac ceremony. It is so beautiful I had to share it with our community:


Sir by Damian (Dib) Morgan 1998*

Sir - would it help if I shed a tear

I swear it's the first time since this time last year

My spine is a tingle - my throat is all dry

As I stand to attention for all those who died


I watch the flag dancing half way down the pole

That damn bugle player sends chills to my soul

I feel the pride and the sorrow - there's nothing the same

As standing to attention on ANZAC Day


So Sir - on behalf of the young and the free

Will you take a message when you finally do leave

To your mates that are lying from Tobruk to the Somme

The legend of your bravery will always live on


I've welcomed Olympians back to our shore

I've cheered baggy green caps and watched Wallabies score

But when I watch you marching (Sir) in that parade

I know these are the memories that never will fade


So Sir - on behalf of the young and the free

Will you take a message when you finally do leave

It's the least we can do (Sir) to repay the debt

We'll always remember you - Lest We Forget


*Dib Morgan is a young Queenslander from Condamine on the western Darling Downs. Sir is a vote of thanks to the men and women who have fought to defend the freedom that this country enjoys. Dib is determined to play his part in helping to preserve the ANZAC Spirit.

Don't miss out on attending your own Anzac event. Below is some information on where to head to for Anzac day ceremonies.

Brisbane Queensland:

St George/Padstow NSW:

  • Further parade details and marching information can be found at RSL NSW
  • Transport for NSW have information for the public to plan their journey ahead of time with the journey planner

Right at Home Australia is your local expert for emotional, physical and financial issues related to caring for your loved one at home and we're dedicated to keeping you informed. Right at Home Australia offers in home aged care (companionship and personal), Alzheimer's and dementia care, disability care, nursing and post-operative care, helping to maintain a healthy fulfilling lifestyle for your loved ones so they can continue living independently and enjoying a vibrant life.

This week, in celebration of International Women's Day, the Queensland Government have organised a week of events to highlight womens' contribution to our community.  Visit http://www.queenslandwomensweek.com.au/events/ to find out more and get involved.

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