Suffering a heart attack can be an extremely difficult experience for an elderly adult. Even a senior who did not experience severe consequences as a result of their heart attack may struggle with emotional consequences as a result of the experience. As a family caregiver, it is critical that you are there for your parent and help to support your parent to help them get through these emotional issues and move forward with a fulfilling, healthy quality of life.
Some of the emotional consequences that your parent might experience after suffering a heart attack include:
- Depression, particularly in terms of thinking about their mortality or their perceived loss of quality of life or independence
- Withdrawal and isolation
- Fear of another heart attack and reluctance to participate in regular activities or lifestyle
By providing emotional support for your parent and ensuring that they get additional support such as through the personalized services of a home care provider, your parent can overcome these feelings and move forward from their heart attack. Not only will this help them to live a more fulfilling and happier lifestyle as they age in place, but it can also help to reduce their risk of subsequent heart attacks. Those seniors who have suffered a heart attack and are living with the emotional consequences of such an attack are less likely to stay physically active, participate in activities, engage with others, and take care of themselves. These factors can add up to create increased risk of another heart attack.
Being a family caregiver for your aging parent can be extremely challenging and stressful, but fortunately home care can help. An in-home care provider can step in to fill care gaps, provide supervision and care when you are not able to be with your parent, and offer companionship and support to encourage the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. These services can include safe and reliable transportation to ensure that your parent can go where they need and want to go without having to wait for you, physical support and assistance for mobility issues, help with activities of daily living and personal care requirements, and companionship that will boost your parent’s activity level and mental and emotional health as they age in place. Knowing your parent will have consistent access to this care will relieve your stress and ensure that you are able to focus your energy, attention, and resources in the way that is most effective and efficient.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN MINT HILL, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.