Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack though they are often confused with one another. While a heart attack is compromised blood flow to a particular section of the heart, sudden cardiac arrest is a malfunction of the heart that causes the heart to stop beating. This is a leading cause of death and because it often comes with no warnings or symptoms other than the collapse itself, it can be very unexpected and frightening. As a family caregiver it is important that you know how to respond to such an emergency event. Often these events can be reversed and the victim can survive if the proper immediate actions are taken.
If you suspect that your parent has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, call emergency medical assistance immediately.
Tell the operator that you believe that your parent has suffered cardiac arrest and listen closely to their instructions so that you can support them until the workers arrive. If there is an AED available in the area, get it and use it as soon as possible. If not, begin CPR. If there are two people available to help, have one call 9-1-1 and look for an AED while the other starts CPR. Keep up with these efforts until the emergency team arrives.
Unless you are specifically instructed to, do not attempt to bring someone who has suffered cardiac arrest to the hospital yourself. The ambulance will have medical professionals who can start treatment upon arrival and get your parent in to the doctor far faster than if you tried to bring them in yourself.
Starting elderly care for your aging parent to be one of the best decisions that you make for them during their later years. Having an elderly home care services provider in the home with them means that your senior can pursue a lifestyle that is active, engaged, independent, and fulfilling.
Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider ensures that your parent has access to care and assistance that allows them to manage their individual limitations, challenges, and needs in the ways that are right for them while allowing you to remain at the forefront of their care routine. This means that you can focus your energy and attention on all aspects of your life in the most efficient and meaningful ways possible while knowing that your senior is getting the care that they need to stay happy, healthy, safe, and comfortable as they age in place. This can relieve stress for you and encourage the highest quality of life for your parent.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Bessemer, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
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Low vision is a specific type of vision problem in which your aging adult can't see very well, particularly for fine tasks. She may also mention that everything seems a bit dull or that the lights are never bright enough. Here are some tips for helping your elderly family member live with low vision.
Use Brighter Lighting and More of It
Brighter lighting can help to compensate for lowered vision on your elderly family member's part. Add more lamps and check fixture to see if updating them might help. Choose the brightest light bulbs that the fixtures can support. Your elderly family member might find that she needs lighting at times of day that she never needed it before.
Use Bold Pens and Markers When You Leave Notes
Pens with light-colored ink or that write in fine lines may be extremely difficult for your elderly family member to read. Instead, try using bolder colors and markers that leave thick lines. You might need to experiment to find a happy medium for your aging adult's vision.
Mark the Edges of Stair Treads
Stair treads can be particularly dangerous for an aging family member with low vision. If she can't see the edge clearly, she might miss it and fall. Try painting the edges of the stair treads with a bright color of paint. If you can't paint the stair treads, use brightly-colored tape that you can remove easily.
Use Contrasting Colors Around the House
Other areas of the home can benefit from contrasts, too. Consider using different colors for walls and switch plates so that they really stand out. Contrasting colors in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom all make a tremendous difference in terms of what your senior can now see.
Consider Motion Sensors for Interior Lighting
Motion sensors work wonders outside, especially in terms of safety. Bring that technology in for interior safety, too. Motion sensors allow your elderly family member to have the light that she needs right away, but also help her to save energy by turning off when she's no longer in the room.
You can also ask experienced home care providers for other tips that would work well for your elderly family member's individual situation.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home health care in Bessemer, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business. Read More...