When should I seek outside help?
Some families cannot assume care for a loved one who has severe heart disease
without enlisting outside help. Economic stresses may be overwhelming and, if
all the family members are at work, adequate at-home supervision and care for
the patient may not be possible. Also, some people require more care than their family can be reasonably expected to provide. In
these cases, you may consider placing your loved one in a long-term care
The available long-term care options depend on an
individual's level of independence and need for nursing supervision. Some
people will still be able to do basic activities on their own but may need
assistance preparing meals and sorting medicines. Such individuals may be
well cared for in a supervised living facility where food is provided and staff
is available to assist them, if needed, but where routine nursing care is not
Other people with severe heart disease may have
difficulty performing basic activities and may be better served in a nursing
home where the staff can assist them with eating and bathing. In these more
closely monitored settings, nurses can track your loved one's symptoms and ensure that he or she takes medicines appropriately.
It is important for people in these facilities to feel that they are
still a part of their family. Frequent visits by family members or day trips to
the family home help a lot to improve the loved ones' emotional health.
you may think that paying for this care will be prohibitively expensive.
But there may be options available to make the cost more manageable.