Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is estimated to affect more than 5 million aging Americans, and our loved ones are also affected. This diminished capacity to pump blood can come from an overall weakened heart, a defect, or several other factors. And while maintaining consistent communication with a medical professional is paramount, there are many ways we can support and encourage our loved ones towards healthy habits.
Many professionals contend the best way to help a loved one manage their fluids is two-fold. The first step is to help our loved ones create a routine and schedule of spacing out their fluids throughout the day. Quite often, fluid tracking fits nicely with any other medicine or nutrition monitoring already in use. Something as simple as a whiteboard on the fridge or marked water bottles and pitchers can empower an aging family member to stay on track with fluid schedules throughout the day.
Many professionals contend the best way to help a loved one manage their fluids is two-fold. First, is helping your loved create a routine and schedule of spacing out their fluids throughout the day. Quite often, fluid tracking fits nicely with any other medicine or nutrition monitoring already in use. Something as simple as a whiteboard on the fridge or marked water bottles and pitchers can empower your aging family member to stay on track with fluid schedules throughout the day.
While managing fluid intake is vital for people with CHF, it goes hand-and-hand with nutrition alteration and management as well. Sodium is a critical factor in the diet of someone with CHF, mainly because of the way sodium affects the retention and processing of fluids in the body. Moreover, a higher intake of salt will increase thirst and encourage our loved ones to exceed their liquid amounts. General recommendations suggest that an adult with CHF limits their sodium consumption to roughly 1,500 – 2,000 mg a day. Conscious nutrition decisions and planning best achieve this.
As is true in most aging adults, an appropriate amount of exercise or movement can help dramatically in managing CHF. Movement and exercise will continue to strengthen our loved ones’ bodies (which will reduce the demands on their heart) while managing their weight. Additionally, routine movement can decrease a loved one’s overall stress, proving helpful in lessening the strain on their cardiovascular system. For some aging adults, the idea of normal movement or exercise can be daunting, so it can be helpful to reframe creatively what movement could look like in their life. Most doctors agree that 30 minutes of activity a day can help people with CHF maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Finding Success in CHF
For many families, hearing that a loved one has CHF could feel overwhelming. And at Beverly’s Daughter, we exist to navigate that journey. Connect with your loved one’s cardiologist for recommended diet, fluid, and medication plans for the best management of CHF.
If you would like to implement some lifestyle goals, let us know, and we will connect you with a certified personal training consultant who can customize ways to implement any diet, fluid, or movement plans. We would love to partner with you and your loved one as they lead successful, full lives with CHF.
Loved Ones WITH CFH can still find key successes
CFH can be a challenging disease to cope with, but we offer many products and solutions to assist you and your parent to keep them safe so they can maintain their independence at home as long as possible.
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