If your senior parent who lives alone at home recently had a heart attack they may need skilled nursing care at home to help them continue their recovery. Depending on the severity of the heart attack your senior parent may need weeks or even months to fully recover. During that time having skilled nursing care at home will help your loved one and you feel better knowing that a trained medical professional is there to help.
Skilled nursing care can help your senior loved one recover at home by doing things like:
Monitoring Surgical Sites And Incisions
After heart surgery, the risk of infection at the surgical site, or at port sites is very high. Even after your senior loved one comes from the hospital there is still a risk. Having a nursing professional in the home with your senior parent who can recognize signs of infection immediately and get help if necessary is very important. Infections can set in very quickly and if a medical professional sees signs of infections they can get in touch with your senior loved one’s doctor right away and start to treat the infection right there in your senior loved one’s home.
Heart surgery is major surgery. Even though your senior parent won’t be released from the hospital until they have started healing they still will likely need to have dressings and bandages changed. They also may need to have catheters changed or be on IV drips to prevent dehydration. It’s important to have a professional there who can safely change bandages and dressings, change catheters if necessary, and perform other medical tasks that will allow your senior loved one to continue healing.
Checking Heart Rate And Other Vitals
After a senior has had a heart attack there is a greater chance they will have another one. Even with medication and surgery, there could be complications that affect your senior loved one’s heart. Heart attacks following heart surgery can strike fast. When there is a skilled nursing professional in the home with your senior parent you can be sure that if something happens and your senior parent has another cardiac event there will be a trained medical professional there to start helping them immediately. That could save their life.
The medications that seniors take after heart surgery are critically important for their recovery. But, seniors may forget to take their medications or be unsure of how they are supposed to take them or when. Seniors also may have trouble getting out of bed to get their medications. With a skilled nursing care professional in the home looking after your senior parent you won’t have to worry about your senior loved one taking their medication. The care provider will make sure that seniors have the medications the doctor prescribed and that they are taking them at the correct times every day. For your peace of mind and your senior parent’s health skilled nursing care at home just makes sense after a senior has had a heart attack.